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Jordan Spieth continues U.S. Ryder Cup points climb

May 30, 2021; Fort Worth, Texas, USA; Jordan Spieth tees off on the fifth hole during the final round of the Charles Schwab Challenge golf tournament. Mandatory Credit: Erich Schlegel-USA TODAY Sports

Jordan Spieth fell short of claiming his second win of 2021 but continued his climb up the United States Ryder Cup team rankings and the world rankings.

Spieth climbed five spots to No 23 in the Official World Golf Rankings on Monday and is now inside the top 10 for the U.S. Ryder Cup team at No. 9. That’s two spots higher than last week, and Spieth is almost assured of representing the U.S. despite still being outside of the six automatic qualifier spots.

Steve Stricker will make his six captain’s picks after the Tour Championship in August, and Spieth has been the most consistent U.S. player for the past four months. Along with his win at the Valero Texas Open, Spieth has a total of eight top-10s in his past 11 events.

Spieth held the 54-hole lead at the Charles Schwab Challenge but shot a 73 on Sunday and was passed by Jason Kokrak. Kokrak vaulted 13 spots to No. 22 in the world and is now part of the Ryder Cup conversation, rising seven spots to No. 13.

The U.S. will take on Team Europe at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin in September’s Ryder Cup, which was postponed a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The top six spots are currently occupied by Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau, Justin Thomas, Brooks Koepka, Collin Morikawa and Xander Schauffele. Patrick Reed, Tony Finau, Spieth and Daniel Berger round out the top 10, followed by Webb Simpson and Billy Horschel.

The top 10 in the world rankings saw little movement this week, with Schauffele moving past Morikawa for No. 5 and Reed falling a spot to No. 9 after missing his second cut in his past four events.

–Field Level Media