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Reed soars 70 spots in latest U.S. Ryder Cup standings
Series: Golf Buzz
Published: Tuesday, January 21, 2014 | 10:33 a.m.
Patrick Reed's victory in the Humana Challenge on Sunday was the second of his career on the PGA Tour -- and second in his last nine starts. It also went a long way toward putting Reed in the Ryder Cup conversation for Team USA this fall.
Reed entered the Humana Challenge sitting at No. 81 in last week's U.S. Ryder Cup points standings. Following the victory, Reed rocketed to the No. 11 spot.
The bad news for Reed is that he was scheduled to play in this week's Farmers Insurance Open, but was forced to withdraw on Monday, citing displaced ribs.
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Zach Johnson, meanwhile, continued his incredible form. Johnson's tie for third at the Humana Challenge was his 11th top-10 finish in his last 14 starts, and good enough to move up two spots from No. 6 to No. 4 in the latest standings.
Here's a look at the current top 12:
1. Jimmy Walker
2. Phil Mickelson
3. Jason Dufner
4. Zach Johnson
5. Dustin Johnson
6. Harris English
7. Webb Simpson
8. Chris Kirk
9. Ryan Moore
10. Brian Stuard
11. Patrick Reed
12. Matt Kuchar
Others making a move in the right direction at the Humana Challenge were Webb Simpson and Ryan Palmer. Simpson's tie for 23rd (thanks to a final-round 64), moved the former U.S. Open champ from No. 9 to No. 7. For his part, Palmer moved from No. 65 to No. 17 based on his second-place finish.
Tiger Woods, currently No. 23 in the latest standings, makes his 2014 season debut this week at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines -- a venue where Woods has been a winner on eight occasions as a professional, including the 2008 U.S. Open.
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