Wednesday, April 16

Bubba Miles Ahead in Ryder Cup Points Standings

FRESH OFF HIS SECOND MASTERS VICTORY, Bubba Watson is a long, long way in front in the U.S. Ryder Cup points race. Bubba's nearly 1,800-point lead on Jimmy Walker reminds me of his massive driving distance advantage, like the one he uncorked on Augusta's par-5 13th during the final round of the Masters.

"Way to go Bubba!!! Enjoy your victory," tweeted U.S. captain Tom Watson. "See you on the plane to Gleneagles."

The top nine players will automatically qualify for the U.S. Ryder Cup team. Captain Watson has three discretionary picks. Watson said that one pick is reserved for Tiger Woods if Tiger is healthy and ready to play in September.

U.S. Ryder Cup Points Standings
(As of April 14)

1. Bubba WATSON - 6,258.984
2. Jimmy WALKER - 4,459.071
3. Dustin JOHNSON - 3,759.812
4. Jordan SPIETH - 3,437.864
5. Patrick REED - 3,023.091
6. Matt KUCHAR - 2,881.333
7. Jason DUFNER - 2,668.448
8. Phil MICKELSON - 2,662.862
9. Harris ENGLISH - 2,646.047
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10. Zach JOHNSON - 2,584.519
11. Chris KIRK - 2,254.956
12. Webb SIMPSON - 2,214.857

The 2014 Ryder Cup (the 40th edition) will be played September 26-28 on the PGA Centenary Course at Gleneagles in Scotland.

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