OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Patrick Cantlay earned the sixth and closing computerized spot on the U.S. Ryder Cup group by profitable the BMW Championship on Sunday.
All that meant was avoiding a cellphone name from the captain, Steve Stricker, after the Tour Championship to tell him of being a choose.
Due to the pandemic that delayed the Ryder Cup one yr till Sept. 24-26, qualifying started the day Tiger Woods gained the 2019 Masters. It ended 28 months later with six gamers assured a spot at Whistling Straits, and the actual drama nonetheless per week away.
Collin Morikawa, who gained two majors through the qualifying course of, topped the listing. He was adopted by Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau, Brooks Koepka and Justin Thomas, all of whom had mathematically locked up their spots.
Tony Finau was within the sixth spot till he was surpassed by Cantlay’s victory. Cantlay and Morikawa can be making their Ryder Cup debuts.
The U.S. group has six captain’s picks this yr as an alternative of 4, a choice made through the midst of the pandemic and a lot uncertainty in regards to the golf schedule.
Cantlay was thought of a shoo-in to be picked even when he did not make the group. Ditto for Finau after he gained The Northern Belief final week, and Olympic gold medalist Xander Schauffele and Jordan Spieth. They’re the subsequent three within the standings.
Harris English, a two-time winner this yr, is No. 10 within the standings.
Stricker will make his picks official after the Tour Championship. Among the many candidates are Daniel Berger, Webb Simpson, Scottie Scheffler and Sam Burns, and the curious case of Patrick Reed, who had a giant week with out even enjoying at Caves Valley.
Reed, who has a penchant for match play along with his marvelous brief sport and relentless angle, has been out the final three weeks, first with an ankle damage, then with what he described as bilateral pneumonia.
He confronted lengthy odds of being among the many high 30 who advance to the Tour Championship, but it surely labored in his favor. Of the ten gamers behind him within the FedEx Cup standings, solely Rory McIlroy completed among the many high 25 on the BMW Championship.
And when Okay.H. Lee made bogey from the center of the 18th fairway, that allowed Reed to remain at No. 30. Meaning Reed, if wholesome, will get an opportunity to play at East Lake in what might quantity to an audition for the Ryder Cup.
Europe, in the meantime, nonetheless has two extra occasions earlier than its qualifying ends.