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.
Stallings soars in latest U.S. Ryder Cup standings
Series: Golf Buzz
Published: Monday, January 27, 2014 | 11:46 a.m.
Surprisingly, despite all the stars that teed it up last week in the Farmers Insurance Open, there was no movement in the top 10 of the latest U.S. Ryder Cup points standings.
Notably, Tiger Woods -- making his first start of the 2014 season -- tied for 80th and dropped two spots from No. 23 to No. 25. Woods did not play on Sunday, missing the secondary, 54-hole cut after a 7-over 79 in the third round. It was the first time in his career that Woods had an "MDF" -- made cut, did not finish.
Phil Mickelson, meanwhile, withdrew from the tournament on Saturday morning before the third round, citing a back pain. Even so, he remained No. 2 in this week's standings.
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. 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. Scott Stallings
12. Patrick Reed
While there was no movement in the current top 10, Farmers Insurance Open champion Scott Stallings made a massive move up the points list, rocketing from No. 104 to start the week, to No. 11 after winning Sunday.
The only other mover of significance in this week's top 20 was Charley Hoffman. He jumped nine spots from No. 29 to No. 20 thanks to a tie for seventh.
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