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Ryder Cup watch list: Luke, Rory improve standing

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This could be the most hotly contested Ryder Cup ever – and we’re talking about just making the team. 

So, each Monday, GolfChannel.com will take a way-too-early look at the players who are vying for one of the 12 spots on the team. Nine players make the squad via their respective points list, and both captain Tom Watson and Paul McGinley will have three wild-card picks apiece.

AMERICANS

The current top 12: 

1. Jimmy Walker, 3,785

2. Dustin Johnson, 3,364

3. Phil Mickelson, 2,446

4. Harris English, 2,429

5. Jason Dufner, 2,423

6. Zach Johnson, 2,274

7. Bubba Watson, 2,265

8. Webb Simpson, 2,144

9. Ryan Moore, 1,962

10. Chris Kirk, 1,962

11. Kevin Stadler, 1,617

12. Jordan Spieth, 1,553

Notes:

• No player moved in or out of the current top 12 from a week ago.

• Honda Classic winner Russell Henley, who had just two top 10s since his victory at the 2013 Sony Open, rose from 97th to 18th on the list. 

Ryan Palmer, who lost in a playoff and also had a runner-up finish in January at the Humana Challenge, jumped from No. 27 to No. 15.

• This week’s Where is Tiger? update: He moved down three more spots, from No. 36 to No. 39, after his final-round WD at the Honda.


EUROPEANS

European Points List (top 4 qualify)

1. Victor Dubuisson, 2,255,742

2. Thomas Bjorn, 1,718,807

3. Ian Poulter, 1,576,650

4. Henrik Stenson, 1,544,871

5. Jamie Donaldson, 1,505,992

6. Joost Luiten, 1,171318

7. Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, 1,169,262

8. Sergio Garcia, 1,113,266

9. Ross Fisher, 931,823

10. Francesco Molinari, 847,136

World Points List (top 5)

1. Henrik Stenson, 248

2. Sergio Garcia, 175

3. Victor Dubuisson, 150

4. Thomas Bjorn, 138

5. Rory McIlroy, 131

6. Ian Poulter, 111

7. Jamie Donaldson, 91

8. Justin Rose, 84

9. Joost Luiten, 82

10. Luke Donald, 81

Notes:

• Ross Fisher vaulted into the top 10 on the strength of his victory at the Tshwane Open, his first European Tour title in nearly four years. 

• Rory McIlroy moved up one spot, to No. 5, on the World Points List after his playoff loss at the Honda. 

• Former world No. 1 Luke Donald makes an appearance in the top 10 after his encouraging week at PGA National, where he tied for eighth.