Tuesday, May 8

Watson and McIlroy Top Ryder Cup Points Standings

WITH SO MUCH GOLF SEASON STILL ahead, I tend to forget it’s a Ryder Cup year. The 2012 edition will be played on American soil at Medinah Country Club outside of Chicago.

I just had a look at the current points standings and thought I’d share them with you. There are interesting names on the list, a mixture of old and new, but many new. There’s still a long way to go until they unfurl the flags, play the anthems and tee it up at Medinah in September.

U.S. Ryder Cup Points Standings
 (As of May 7)

1. Bubba Watson - 4798.395
2. Phil Mickelson - 3793.749
3. Hunter Mahan - 3347.102
4. Keegan Bradley - 3111.492
5. Jason Dufner - 2855.087
6. Steve Stricker - 2291.245
7. Rickie Fowler - 2238.459
8. Tiger Woods - 2173.667
9. Brandt Snedeker - 2145.857
10. Bill Haas - 2106.071
11. Kyle Stanley - 2037.457
12. Johnson Wagner - 2027.401
13. Mark Wilson - 1998.593
14. Matt Kuchar - 1866.930
15. Kevin Na - 1573.287

Notes: The top eight players on the list make the team. U.S. captain Davis Love III will select four players to round out the 12-man team.

European Ryder Cup Points Standings
(As of May 7)

European list:
1. Rory McIlroy (Northern Ireland) - 2584843.51
2. Peter Hanson (Sweden) - 1633004.93
3. Martin Kaymer (Germany) - 1587688.41
4. Justin Rose (England) - 1483613.23
5. Paul Lawrie (Scotland) - 1387723.60
6. Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano (Spain) - 1268297.96
7. Sergio Garcia (Spain) - 1219822.68
8. Lee Westwood (England) - 1203446.04
9. Alvaro Quiros (Spain) - 1155967.13
10. Francesco Molinari (Italy) - 1075357.77

World list:
1. McIlroy - 340.83
2. Luke Donald (England) - 236.10
3. Westwood - 235.69
4. Rose - 216.07
5. Hanson - 151.77
6. Graeme McDowell (Northern Ireland) - 149.09
7. Kaymer - 144.38
8. Garcia - 129.83
9. Lawrie - 123.81
10. Fernandez-Castano - 108.12

Notes: The top five players on the European points list make the team, as do the top five on the world points list not already qualified via the European points list. European captain Jose Maria Olazabal will select two players to round out the 12-man team.

(Source: Reuters.com)

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