Fowler makes biggest move in U.S. Ryder Cup standings

Rickie Fowler
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Rickie Fowler's third-place finish in the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship on Sunday went a long way toward improving his standing on the U.S. Ryder Cup points list.
By T.J. Auclair, Senior Interactive Producer
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Bubba Watson, winner of the Northern Trust Open two weeks ago, was the only player to make a move in the top 10 of this week's U.S. Ryder Cup points standings.

Watson moved from No. 7 to No. 6 (and Zach Johnson dropped from No. 6 to No. 7) by finishing in a tie for ninth at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship.

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Rickie Fowler, who made it to the semifinals at the Match Play and defeated Ernie Els in the consolation match, catapulted from No. 53 to No. 20 with his third-place finish.

Here's a look at the current top 12 (remember, the top 9 after the PGA Championship in August automatically qualify, while U.S. Captain Tom Watson fills out the team with three captain's picks):

1. Jimmy Walker
2. Dustin Johnson
3. Phil Mickelson
4. Harris English
5. Jason Dufner
6. Bubba Watson
7. Zach Johnson
8. Webb Simpson
9. Ryan Moore

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10. Chris Kirk
11. Kevin Stadler
12. Jordan Spieth

Jordan Spieth -- the 2013 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year -- was the only player not previously in the top 12 to make a move at the Match Play. With his tie for fifth, Spieth took over the No. 12 spot, bumping previous No. 12 Patrick Reed to No. 13.

Jim Furyk, a veteran of eight U.S. Ryder Cup teams, moved from No. 19 to No. 14 with his tie for fifth at the Match Play.

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T.J. Auclair is a Senior Interactive Producer for PGA.com and has covered professional golf since 1998, traveling to over 60 major championships. You can follow him on Twitter, @tjauclair.