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Simpson moves onto U.S. Ryder Cup bubble

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After taking home nearly $2 million for winning The Players Championship, Webb Simpson is on the cusp of a return to the Ryder Cup.

Simpson has represented the U.S. twice before in the biennial matches, but he was a spectator for the 2016 edition at Hazeltine. Following his four-shot victory at TPC Sawgrass, the veteran jumped from 23rd to ninth in the latest Ryder Cup standings, with the top eight after the PGA Championship qualifying automatically for Paris.

Other notable moves this week included Jimmy Walker, who went from 40th to 18th following a T-2 finish, and Xander Schauffele, who jumped from 32nd to 14th with the same result. Tiger Woods, who finished T-11, went from 34th to 31st.

Here's a look at the latest American standings:

1. Patrick Reed

2. Justin Thomas

3. Dustin Johnson

4. Jordan Spieth

5. Bubba Watson

6. Rickie Fowler

7. Brooks Koepka

8. Phil Mickelson


9. Webb Simpson

10. Matt Kuchar

11. Brian Harman

12. Bryson DeChambeau

There wasn't much movement on the European side, where the top four from the European Points list and the top four from the World Points list in August will qualify for a roster rounded out by four picks from captain Thomas Bjorn:

European Points

1. Tyrrell Hatton

2. Justin Rose

3. Jon Rahm

4. Ross Fisher


5. Matthew Fitzpatrick

World Points

1. Rory McIlroy

2. Tommy Fleetwood

3. Sergio Garcia

4. Alex Noren


5. Ian Poulter