Snedeker, Reed make Ryder Cup moves at Wyndham


GREENSBORO, N.C. – Brandt Snedeker and Patrick Reed both used the Wyndham Championship to make a move in the U.S. Ryder Cup standings as the race enters its final week.

Snedeker made the biggest jump, as his T-3 finish and $324,800 payday took him from outside the bubble at No. 9 all the way up to No. 6, more than $70,000 ahead of Zach Johnson.

“Lot of really good, positive stuff. I’m rolling the ball fantastic,” Snedeker said after a final-round 67. “Playing some great golf. Got to find the one thing that kind of ties it all together.”

Reed’s T-22 finish was enough to pass J.B. Holmes, meaning that Reed will hold the coveted eight position entering The Barclays, the final event of the qualifying window.

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The top eight players after next week’s tournament will qualify automatically for Hazeltine, and captain Davis Love III will then round out the 12-man roster with three picks on Sept. 11 and one final selection on Sept. 25.

“I’m just trying to focus on each week. If I focus on each week, that’ll take care of Ryder Cup,” Reed said. “I’m not focusing five weeks ahead. I just need to focus on being a little more consistent each day, and move up boards.”

The changes mean that Holmes, who missed the cut at Sedgefield Country Club, will head to Bethpage as the odd man out in the American standings. Other notable players on the outside of the bubble include No. 10 Bubba Watson, No. 11 Matt Kuchar and No. 12 Rickie Fowler, who didn’t make any progress after a T-22 finish.

“I can’t bank on anything. I’m not betting that (Love) is going to pick me, or not going to pick me. All I can do is continue to work on my game ,” Fowler said. “My game is really close to being good. Just keep swinging. We’ll hopefully earn ourselves a spot, but if not, hopefully we’ll go out and earn ourselves a deserving pick.”

Jim Furyk, who fell into a tie for 10th after a double bogey on the final hole, moved up three spots to No. 15.