The Ryder Cup 2018 is taking place from September 25th – 30th at Le Golf National Paris, France.
Let’s take a look at Team Europe as it stands right now:
The qualification process began last year at the Czech Masters and will continue until the Made in Denmark on August 14th of this year. Players are running out of time to secure their place on Europe’s Ryder Cup Team to play in Paris this fall.
The top four players on the World Points list and the top four on the European Points list will automatically qualify come August 26th. So, there is plenty of time for a shakeup at the top of each list. Plus, every event from now on has an added weight of 1.5 points for each event which means plenty of chances left for every player in the top ten.
So, who is shaping up to be on top of the list and who will need to be a wildcard pick from captain Bjorn? Let’s take a look and see how things are going to shake out!
Tyrrell Hatton finished tied for sixth at the US Open and has extended his lead in the European Points list. Tyrrell has been at the top of the list after he won twice at the end of the 2017 season and it looks like he will continue to hold onto that spot for the time being.
Justin Rose sits in 2nd place on the European Points list after his 2017 wins at the WGC-HSBC Champions and Turkish Airlines Opens. While Tommy Fleetwood is sitting right behind Justin Rose in third place largely in part to his 2nd place finish at the US Open.
Francesco Molinari is sitting pretty in fourth place with an 850,000 point lead over Thorbjorn Olesen. So, the European Points list looks wrapped up at this point but there is still a few weeks left for other players to make a move.
Rose and Fleetwood are at the top of the World Points list and Jon Rahm is right behind them in 3rd place with victories at the Spanish Open and the CareerBuilder Challenge.
Rory McILroy has an automatic qualification after he won at the Arnold Palmer Invitational so he does not have anything to sweat. Alex Noren also is on the brisk of qualifying after he had four top 10 finishes in the first six months of 2018.
Here are the current standings for team Europe:
- Tyrrell Hatton – 3,559,896 points
- Justin Rose – 3,307,263
- Tommy Fleetwood – 3,240,727
- Francesco Molinari – 3,225,221
- Thorbjorn Olesen – 2,358,160
- Rory McIlroy – 2,168,607
- Jon Rahm – 2,101,638
- Matt Fitzpatrick – 2,029,025
- Ross Fisher – 1,789,786
- Rafa Cabrera Bello – 1,751,824
Paul Casey flubbed a four shot lead in the final round of the Travelers Championship to finish 2nd. But, he was still able to leapfrog Matthew Fitzpatrick and Ian Poulter on the World Points List.
We can’t wait to see how things shape up in the end!
Now let’s talk about Bubba Watson!
Bubba shot a 63 and wiped away a six shot lead to win by three strokes at the TPC River Highlands. Let’s see if he can keep the same form up for the next few weeks to ensure he qualifies for Team USA.
Watson is sitting nicely in the fifth overall spot which looks good for his qualification after he won both the Genesis Open and the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play.
Bubba has not automatically secured a position yet but he is hoping that Captain Jim Furyk will pick him no matter what happens.
“I’d really like for him [Furyk] to say I’m going to pick you no matter what,” Watson told a post-tournament press conference. “That’s always the goal; to win a golf tournament and to make a team.
“My whole dream was to get 10 wins if somehow I could get 10 wins. I didn’t think it was possible to get 10 wins, then I got 10 wins and now I’ve got two more… The motivation is I’ve never won a Ryder Cup, so making the Ryder Cup team and trying to win a Ryder Cup as a player would be another tournament victory to me.”
Bubba has won the event an impressive three times which means he only needs one more victory to equal Billy Casper’s record of four.
“I feel like this is my home course,” Watson added. “As soon as they put the schedule up, I sign up for this. I want to come back here… This means so much, not only from the golf side of it but from the family side. My dad, it was the only time he got to see me win (in 2010). He got to see me qualify for the Ryder Cup at this event.”
Let’s hope that we get to see Bubba play this fall on Team USA!
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