Walker, Koepka make big U.S. Ryder Cup moves


SPRINGFIELD, N.J. – A breakthrough win at the PGA Championship also means that Jimmy Walker will make a return appearance at the Ryder Cup.

At No. 29 in points, Walker was well off the Hazeltine radar entering the week, but he raced to No. 4 in the standings thanks to his first major title, a one-shot victory over Jason Day at Baltusrol Golf Club.

It means that Walker, who went 1-1-3 in his Ryder Cup debut two years ago at Gleneagles, is assured of a spot on the American team this fall. Thanks to his T-4 finish, Brooks Koepka also made a notable Ryder Cup move, jumping from ninth to fifth as he looks to make his debut in the biennial matches.

The top eight players in the U.S. standings following The Barclays will earn automatic spots, with captain Davis Love III rounding out the team with three picks on Sept. 11 and one final selection on Sept. 25 following the Tour Championship.

Here’s a look at the standings following the PGA Championship, with players earning one point per $1,000 earned in all subsequent events:

1. Dustin Johnson 11,860.361 points

2. Jordan Spieth 11,179.143

3. Phil Mickelson 5,764.936

4. Jimmy Walker 5,337.662

5. Brooks Koepka 4,688.830

6. Zach Johnson 4,297.160

7. J.B. Holmes 4,149.716

8. Brandt Snedeker 4,086.115

9. Bubba Watson 4,008.084

10. Patrick Reed 3,999.405

11. Matt Kuchar 3,933.965

12. Rickie Fowler 3,768.946