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Watch list: Bradley back on Ryder radar after API

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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, 3,861

2. Dustin Johnson, 3,759

3. Patrick Reed, 3,023

4. Bubba Watson, 3,018

5. Jason Dufner, 2,668

6. Harris English, 2,646

7. Phil Mickelson, 2,537

8. Zach Johnson, 2,383

9. Webb Simpson, 2,201

10. Ryan Moore, 2,174

11. Chris Kirk, 2,039

12. Matt Every, 1,992

Notes: 

• With his breakthrough victory at Bay Hill, Matt Every jumped from 34th to 12th 

Keegan Bradley, who had just one top-10 in his last eight starts, rose from 31st to 15th after his runner-up finish at the API

• This week’s Where is Tiger? update: He dropped from 40th to 41st after his early-week WD at Arnie’s Place


EUROPEANS 

European Points List (top 4 qualify):

1. Victor Dubuisson, 2,290,193

2. Jamie Donaldson, 2,057,935

3. Thomas Bjorn, 1,763,153

4. Ian Poulter, 1,615,132

5. Henrik Stenson, 1,611,329

6. Joost Luiten, 1,251,947

7. Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, 1,206,645

8. Sergio Garcia, 1,179,724

9. Ross Fisher, 941,723

10. Stephen Gallacher, 912,051 

World Points List (top 5):

1. Henrik Stenson, 265

2. Sergio Garcia, 180

3. Victor Dubuisson, 150

4. Thomas Bjorn, 140

5. Rory McIlroy, 135

6. Jamie Donaldson, 131

7. Ian Poulter, 116

8. Luke Donald, 97

9. Stephen Gallacher, 95

10. Justin Rose, 94

Notes:

There was no change in either top 10 this week, but the Europeans must have been pleased to see Henrik Stenson emerge from his early-season doldrums and finish in a tie for fifth at Bay Hill.