McIlroy, Donald top European Ryder Cup standings


European Ryder Cup captain Jose Maria Olazabal will pull 10 automatic qualifiers from two separate points lists. The top 5 players on the European Points List after the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles will make the team (Click to view U.S. Ryder Cup standings).

Top 5 after the Nordea Masters (points in parentheses):

1. Rory McIlroy (2,584,843.51)

2. Paul Lawrie (1,965,601.61)

3. Justin Rose (1,921,969.23)

4. Peter Hanson (1,743,298.93)

5. Martin Kaymer (1,683,932.41)

The five players are unchanged this week, though Hanson and Kaymer swapped places.

The next five players will be the highest five on the World Points List not already on the team. Currently, that handful of players would consist of the following in order of their position on the list (points in parentheses):

2. Luke Donald (324.26)

4. Lee Westwood (264.22)

5. Graeme McDowell (169.49)

9. Sergio Garcia (150.64)

10. Nicolas Colsaerts (121.98)

The list is unchanged from last week.

Olazabal will finalize his team by making two picks. Here are some players not currently inside the top five of either points list who deserve consideration:

Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano: The Spaniard was part of a four-way tie for second place in Wales but took the week off ahead of the U.S. Open.

Alvero Quiros: Had a T-10 at the BMW PGA Championship but hasn't played since then.

Ian Poulter: Like Quiros, Poulter has been off since a T-10 at the BMW PGA Championship.

Thomas Bjorn: Bjorn took a week off before the U.S. Open but was co-runner-up in the Wales Open.