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Poulter, Spieth rise in Ryder Cup standings

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AUGUSTA, Ga. – Ian Poulter and Jordan Spieth both rose in their respective Ryder Cup points standings after their performances last week at the Houston Open.

Poulter, who won for the first time worldwide since 2012, jumped to ninth on the World Points List, three spots back of an automatic spot. With his reputation in the event, however, he seems likely to find a spot on the team, even if he doesn’t qualify on points.

Spieth, meanwhile, moved from sixth to third on the U.S. points list, after he tied for third at the Golf Club of Houston. It was his third top-10 finish of the season.

Reigning U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka slid another spot, to fifth, but he is still comfortably inside the top-8 bubble as he continues to recover from a wrist injury.

Here’s a look at the U.S. standings heading into the Masters, with the top eight players after the PGA Championship earning automatic spots:

1. Justin Thomas

2. Dustin Johnson

3. Jordan Spieth

4. Bubba Watson

5. Brooks Koepka

6. Phil Mickelson

7. Matt Kuchar

8. Brian Harman

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9. Patrick Reed

10. Rickie Fowler

11. Gary Woodland

12. Kevin Kisner

27. Tiger Woods

And here’s a look at the latest European standings, where the top four from both the European Points and World Points lists will qualify automatically and join four picks from captain Thomas Bjorn on the home team roster:

European Points

1. Tyrrell Hatton

2. Justin Rose

3. Ross Fisher

4. Matt Fitzpatrick

World Points

1. Jon Rahm

2. Tommy Fleetwood

3. Rory McIlroy

4. Sergio Garcia