Captain Watson confirms: Bubba on R.C. team

By Ryan LavnerApril 14, 2014, 2:02 pm

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

So, each Monday, 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 their squad via their respective points list, and both captain Tom Watson and Paul McGinley will have three wild-card picks apiece.


The current top 12:

1. Bubba Watson, 6,258

2. Jimmy Walker, 4,459

3. Dustin Johnson, 3,759

4. Jordan Spieth, 3,437

5. Patrick Reed, 3,023

6. Matt Kuchar, 2,881

7. Jason Dufner, 2,668

8. Phil Mickelson, 2,662

9. Harris English, 2,646

10. Zach Johnson, 2,584

11. Chris Kirk, 2,254

12. Webb Simpson, 2,214


• Bubba Watson won the Masters on Sunday, and he also locked up a spot on the U.S. Ryder Cup team (majors award double points). Skipper Tom Watson tweeted as much afterward:



• Jordan Spieth tied for second at Augusta and boosted his hopes of playing on the Ryder Cup team, moving from No. 14 to No. 4 on the list. The 20-year-old was a captain’s pick for last year’s Presidents Cup.

• Matt Kuchar’s recent steady play – tie for fourth in San Antonio; playoff loss in Houston; tie for fifth at Masters – has vaulted him from No. 10 to No. 6 on the list. 

• Other notable moves: Rickie Fowler (23rd to 15th) after matching his best major performance and Phil Mickelson (sixth to eighth) after missing only his second Masters cut.

• This week’s Where is Tiger? update: Holding steady at No. 45.


European Points List (top 4 qualify):

1. Victor Dubuisson, 2,297,434

2. Jamie Donaldson, 2,165,473

3. Thomas Bjorn, 1,932,606

4. Henrik Stenson, 1,718,866

5. Ian Poulter, 1,688,388

6. Joost Luiten, 1,300,177

7. Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, 1,254,874

8. Sergio Garcia, 1,186,966

9. Miguel Angel Jimenez, 1,164,953

10. Justin Rose, 995,704 

World Points List (top 5):

1. Henrik Stenson, 275

2. Sergio Garcia, 203

3. Rory McIlroy, 157

4. Thomas Bjorn, 154

5. Victor Dubuisson, 150

6. Jamie Donaldson, 140

7. Ian Poulter, 122

8. Justin Rose, 102

9. Luke Donald, 100

10. Miguel Angel Jimenez, 99


• Thomas Bjorn has experienced a renaissance at age 43, and he continued his good form with a T-8 at the Masters. He is ranked 25th in the world. 

• Miguel Angel Jimenez may be Champions Tour-eligible, but he’s clinging to hopes that he will be at Gleneagles – as a player. He’s in the top 10 on both points lists, after his fourth-place finish at Augusta. 

• Jonas Blixt, who tied for second at the Masters in his debut, is ranked 15th and 16th on the European Points List and World Points List, respectively. 

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What's in the Bag: Tour Championship winner Woods

By Golf Channel DigitalSeptember 24, 2018, 12:48 pm

Tiger Woods won his 80th career title on Sunday at the Tour Championship. Take a look inside his bag.

Driver: TaylorMade M3 (9.5 degrees)

Fairway Woods: TaylorMade M3 (13 degrees), M1 2017 (19 degrees)

Irons: TaylorMade TW Phase 1 prototype (3-PW)

Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind (56, 60 degrees)

Putter: Scotty Cameron Newport 2 GSS

Ball: Bridgestone Tour B XS

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McCarthy tops Bae in Tour Finals 25

By Golf Channel DigitalSeptember 24, 2018, 11:51 am

The Tour handed out 25 PGA Tour cards for the 2018-19 season based on how players fared in the Finals series. Here are the final standings after Sunday's Tour Championship.

1. Denny McCarthy: $255,793

2. Sangmoon Bae: $218,156

3. Robert Streb: $187,460

4. Peter Malnati: $157,296

5. Cameron Davis: $126,675

6. Adam Schenk: $125,798

7. Lucas Glover: $125,212

8. Matt Jones: $112,000

9. Hunter Mahan: $107,505

10. Roger Sloan: $84,307

11. Shawn Stefani: $80,579

12. Seth Reeves: $80,360

13. Max Homa: $78,200

14. Roberto Diaz: $70,326

15. Stephan Jaeger: $69,923

16. Curtis Luck: $64,920

17. Nicholas Lindheim: $59,169

18. Dylan Frittelli: $48,600

19. Wes Roach: $48,100

20. Sepp Straka: $47,844

21. Cameron Tringale: $47,760

22. Ben Silverman: $47,700

23. Michael Thompson: $45,466

24. Fabian Gomez: $43,657

25. Jim Knous: $41,931

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DJ moves back to No. 1; Woods to 13th in OWGR

By Golf Channel DigitalSeptember 24, 2018, 11:05 am

Justin Rose did just enough to claim the FedExCup title Sunday at the Tour Championship, but Dustin Johnson's late surge was enough to vault him back into the top spot in the World Ranking.

Johnson shot a final-round 67 to finish in third place, while Rose stumbled with a 3-over 73 for a share of fourth. DJ lipped out a birdie putt on 18 that would have given him a shot at the FedExCup crown, and that allowed Rose to clinch the $10 million prize with a two-putt birdie.

Tiger Woods continued his incredible surge up the World Ranking with his 80th career win at the Tour Championship. Woods moved up from 21st to 13th after a two-shot victory over Billy Horschel. It marked Woods' seventh top-10 finish of the year.

Horschel made the other big move of the week jumping up from 48th to 35th with his second place finish. Outside of a WD in Boston, the 2014 FedExCup champion had another great run in the playoffs finishing T-3 at the Northern Trust, T-3 at the BMW and second at East Lake.

Here's the top 10 after the PGA Tour season finale.

1. Dustin Johnson

2. Justin Rose

3. Brooks Koepka

4. Justin Thomas

5. Francesco Molinari

6. Rory McIlroy

7. Bryson DeChambeau

8. Jon Rahm

9. Rickie Fowler

10. Jordan Spieth

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McCarthy wins Tour Championship by 4

By Associated PressSeptember 24, 2018, 2:14 am

ATLANTIC BEACH, Fla. – Denny McCarthy won the season-ending Tour Championship on Sunday to earn fully exempt PGA Tour status and a spot in the Players Championship.

McCarthy closed with a 6-under 65 for a four-stroke victory over Lucas Glover at Atlantic Beach Country Club. The 25-year-old former Virginia player earned $180,000 to top the 25 PGA Tour card-earners with $255,793 in the four-event Tour Finals.

''It's been quite a journey this year,'' McCarthy said. ''The PGA Tour was tough to start out the year. I stuck through it and got my game. I raised my level and have been playing some really good golf. Just feels incredible to finish off these Finals. So much work behind the scenes that nobody really sees.''

McCarthy finished at 23-under 261.

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Glover, the 2009 U.S. Open champion, closed with a 69. He made $108,000 to finish seventh with $125,212 in the series for the top 75 players from the regular-season money list, Nos. 126-200 in the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup standings, and non-members with enough money to have placed in the top 200.

Jim Knous earned the 25th and final card from the four-event money list with $41,931, edging Justin Lower by $500. Knous made a 5-foot par save on the final hole for a 71 that left him tied for 57th. Lower missed an 8-footer for birdie, settling for a 69 and a tie for 21st.

''It was a brutal day emotionally,'' Knous said. ''I wasn't quite sure how much my performance would affect the overall outcome. It kind of just depended on what everybody else did. That's pretty terrifying. So I really just kind of did my best to stay calm and inside I was really freaking out and just super psyched that at the end of the day finished right there on No. 25.''

The top-25 finishers on the regular-season money list competed against each other for tour priority, with regular-season earnings counting in their totals. Sungjae Im topped the list to earn the No. 1 priority spot of the 50 total cards.