Collin Morikawa has climbed to number one in the United States’ Ryder Cup standings following his success at Royal St George’s (Ryder Cup outright – US 4/5, Europe 13/8, Tie 10/1).
The 24-year-old finished on 15-under, two strokes ahead of compatriot Jordan Spieth, to win the Claret Jug on his Open Championship debut.
It means he now leads the rankings for the US Ryder Cup team, with the top six golfers earning automatic selection for the competition which is set to take place at Whistling Straits in September.
Morikawa leapfrogged Dustin Johnson to number one, with the 37-year-old finishing tied for eighth in the 149th Open.
Team USA will certainly be stacked with world-class players, as the feuding Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka sit third and fourth respectively in the rankings.
It will be very interesting to see if they can put their fierce rivalry behind them for the Ryder Cup, with the spat stemming from Koepka’s complaint about DeChambeau’s slow play.
Justin Thomas and Xander Schauffele make up captain Steve Stricker’s automatic six picks on current rankings, while the resurgent Spieth sits seventh.
Team Europe are defending their title after a fabulous 17½-10½ victory at Le Golf National in 2018.
Three-time major winner Padraig Harrington is Europe’s skipper and they go into the Ryder Cup as underdogs despite winning seven of the last nine tournaments (To lift the trophy – United States 4/6, Europa 6/5).
US Open champion Jon Rahm leads the way in the rankings, with English trio Tommy Fleetwood, Tyrrell Hatton, and Matt Fitzpatrick holding the other automatic spots.
Via the world ranking list, Rory McIlroy, Viktor Hovland, Paul Casey, Lee Westwood, and Shane Lowry would fill the other spots.
Irishman Lowry, who won the Open in 2019, jumped into the automatic spots following a T12 finish at Royal St George’s on Sunday.
He says he hopes to make the team automatically rather than by having to rely on a wildcard selection.
“My plan is to make the team. If I don’t, hopefully I’m playing well enough to deserve to be picked,” said the 34-year-old. “I feel like I’ve been great in the big tournaments this year.
“The Masters I wasn’t far away, the US PGA I was close. I’ve been close this week, so I think my performances have been pretty good.”