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Watch list: Donald climbs Ryder Cup points list

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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, 3,681

2. Dustin Johnson, 3,759

3. Bubba Watson, 3,018

4. Patrick Reed, 3,008

5. Jason Dufner, 2,668

6. Harris English, 2,543

7. Phil Mickelson, 2,537

8. Zach Johnson, 2,365

9. Webb Simpson, 2,201

10. Ryan Moore, 2,161

11. Chris Kirk, 2,025

12. Jordan Spieth, 1,686

Notes: 

• No player moved inside or outside the top 10, with only Harris English (now No. 7) and Phil Mickelson swapping spots.

• Jordan Spieth (1,686) crept ahead of Kevin Stadler (1,674) to move into the No. 12 spot.

• Kevin Na’s runner-up finish in Tampa – his fourth top 10 this season – rocketed him from No. 34 to No. 15 in points.

• This week’s Where is Tiger? update: He dropped from No. 35 to No. 40, but he is expected to play this week’s Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill, an event he has won eight times, including four of the past five years. 


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, 254

2. Sergio Garcia, 180

3. Victor Dubuisson, 150

4. Thomas Bjorn, 140

5. Rory McIlroy, 135

6. Jamie Donaldson, 129

7. Ian Poulter, 113

8. Luke Donald, 97

9. Stephen Gallacher, 95

10. Justin Rose, 94

Notes:

• Luke Donald jumped into the top 10 (to No. 8) on the World Points List after his T-4 finish at the Valspar Championship. It was his second top 10 in his past three starts.

• Justin Rose added a few points as well with his T-8 in Tampa, though his Sunday 74 wasn’t the kind of finish he hoped for with the Masters less than four weeks away. 

Alejandro Canizares, who won wire-to-wire in Morocco, is now No. 18 on both points lists.