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Tight race for top 8 in final week of Ryder Cup qualifying

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The top 12 in the U.S. Ryder Cup standings remain unchanged after the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

With just one week left in automatic qualifying, only Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Justin Thomas and Patrick Reed have secured their spots in Paris. Bubba Watson and Jordan Spieth are all but guaranteed to be there, too. But the positions are more precarious for Rickie Fowler and Webb Simpson, who currently occupy the Nos. 7 and 8 spots, respectively.

Fowler has about a 500-point lead on No. 10 Phil Mickelson – the type of advantage that could be disappear with double points at stake at this week’s PGA Championship. (A player earns 1.5 points per every $1,000 earned.)   

Bryson DeChambeau, meanwhile, trails Webb Simpson by just 49 points entering the final week of qualifying.

Current U.S. Ryder Cup standings

Kyle Stanley made the biggest move last week at Firestone, jumping from 19th to 14th following his runner-up finish.

Tiger Woods remained in 20th place.

On the European side, Thorbjorn Olesen moved closer to the top 8, following his closing 64 and tie for third in Akron. Olesen is now fifth on the European Points list and ninth in World Points – one spot outside the automatic qualifiers on each – and also has strengthened his case to be one of captain Thomas Bjorn’s four wildcard selections.

As of now, the European team looks like this: Francesco Molinari, Justin Rose, Tyrrell Hatton, Tommy Fleetwood, Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm, Alex Noren and Paul Casey.