Making the 2021 United States Ryder Cup team appeared a pipe dream after Jordan Spieth plummeted to 92nd in the official world golf rankings after missing the cut at the Farmers Insurance Open in January.
Two months later, Spieth is playing more consistently than any other American and appears to be a lock be part of the U.S. squad that will take on Team Europe at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin this September.
Spieth’s tie for third at the Masters on Sunday vaulted him another nine spots up the rankings to No. 29 — the highest he has been since June 2019. His solid showing at Augusta National came on the heels of his first victory since 2017, and Spieth has reeled off seven top-15 results in eight events since that missed cut at Torrey Pines.
He also moved up another two spots to No. 11 in the U.S. Ryder Cup team points standings. Spieth is still well outside of the top six automatic qualifying spots. However, it’s almost impossible to envision Steve Stricker not using a captain’s pick on the Ryder Cup veteran should Spieth not move into automatic position by the end of the Tour Championship.
World No. 1 Dustin Johnson remains atop the U.S. Ryder Cup standings despite failing to make the weekend at the Masters. He is followed by Bryson DeChambeau, Justin Thomas, Collin Morikawa, Brooks Koepka and Xander Schauffele in the top six.
Patrick Reed is No. 7, followed by Tony Finau, Webb Simpson and Daniel Berger ahead of Spieth.
Another player squarely on Stricker’s radar is PGA Tour rookie Will Zalatoris, whose solo second at Augusta rocketed him up 11 spots to No. 23 in the Ryder Cup standings. Outside of the top 500 in the world just 14 months ago, Zalatoris is now ranked No. 27, moving up another 19 spots.
Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama climbed 11 spots to No. 14 in the world. That’s just behind former No. 1 Rory McIlroy, who dropped another spot to No. 13 after missing the cut.
–Field Level Media