Brooks Koepka and Webb Simpson made important moves up the U.S. Ryder Cup standings last week after impressive performances at the U.S. Open.
Koepka became just the seventh person to win back-to-back U.S. Opens, while Simpson backed his Players Championship win with a t-10 at Shinnecock Hills.
The win took Koepka to No. 1 overall in the standings, while Simpson jumped to No. 8 overall.
The top eight players in the standings automatically make the U.S. team, with captain Jim Furyk using his four picks to fill out the rest of the squad. Currently, Patrick Reed, Justin Thomas, Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth, Bubba Watson, Rickie Fowler, Koepka and Simpson are in the top eight.
Phil Mickelson dropped from eighth to 10th after his tough week, low-lighted by hitting his golf ball while it was still moving during the third round. His fall muddled the already crowded field trying to get selected for the 2018 Ryder Cup in France.
But if the points closed this week, who should Furyk pick?
Despite losing his cool at the U.S. Open, Mickelson is a lock to be picked by Furyk. With his experience and leadership, Mickelson would have to suffer an injury in order to miss out on France.
Matt Kuchar (11) and Bryson DeChambeau (9) also seem like solid picks. Kuchar’s form has dropped off a bit this summer, but he has experience on his side. DeChambeau has been a consistent threat for top-5 finishes this year.
Everyone will want to see Tiger Woods on the squad, but the 14-time major champion may not be the best selection. Instead, Jimmy Walker (16) has enjoyed a bounce-back season and could be an asset for this team.