Snedeker moves off Ryder Cup bubble in Canada

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While several big names took a week off in between major championships, Brandt Snedeker used the RBC Canadian Open to make a move in the U.S. Ryder Cup standings.

Snedeker carried a one-shot lead into the final round at Glen Abbey before ultimately finishing in a tie for fifth. While he didn't earn his second win of the season, his $207,237 payday was enough to move him past Bubba Watson and Brooks Koepka to No. 6 in the Ryder Cup standings. Matt Kuchar (T-9) also passed Koepka to move into the eighth and final automatic qualifying position.

There isn't much space near the bubble on the American side, and there should be plenty of movement this week at the PGA Championship where players will receive two points per $1,000 earned instead of one. Here's how things look heading into Baltusrol, with the top eight players after The Barclays clinching spots at Hazeltine:


1. Dustin Johnson (11,860.361 points)

2. Jordan Spieth (10,834.343)

3. Phil Mickelson (5,674.358)

4. Zach Johnson (4,206.582)

5. J.B. Holmes (4,149.716)

6. Brandt Snedeker (4,041.615)

7. Bubba Watson (3,968.084)

8. Matt Kuchar (3,933.965)

9. Brooks Koepka (3,878.830)

10. Rickie Fowler (3,678.368)

11. Patrick Reed (3,654.605)

12. Scott Piercy (3,272.359)


U.S. Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III will make three captain's picks on Sept. 11 following the BMW Championship, while his final pick will be made Sept. 25 following the Tour Championship.

On the other side of the aisle, the four players currently in line to qualify via the European points list are Rory McIlroy, Danny Willett, Henrik Stenson and Chris Wood, while the players projected to qualify via the European world points list are Sergio Garcia, Rafael Cabrera-Bello, Justin Rose, Andy Sullivan and Matthew Fitzpatrick.

Darren Clarke will round out the European squad with three captain's picks of his own on Aug. 29.

The Ryder Cup will be held Sept. 30-Oct. 2 in Chaska, Minn.