WGC HSBC Champions offers latest chance to earn 2020 Ryder Cup points for US team
By Dan McDonald
Xander Schauffele was the top American finisher at the WGC-HSBC Champions, falling short of Getty Images
Rory McIlroy put on an impressive display with his driver to edge past defending champion Xander Schauffele in a playoff and win the WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai, China.
The tournament was the final opportunity in 2019 for players from the United States to earn points toward the 2020 Ryder Cup team.
Schauffele’s runner-up finish didn’t move him up in the standings, as the top 11 spots remained the same, but he did solidify his spot at No. 5 and now sits less than 200 points behind Tiger Woods.
Kurt Kitayama’s T-28 finish made him the biggest mover in the standings, as he jumped 17 spots from No. 70 to No. 53. Jason Kokrak and J.T. Poston each moved up five spots to Nos. 28 and 40, respectively.
The top 8 players heading into the 2020 schedule are:
- Brooks Koepka
- Dustin Johnson
- Gary Woodland
- Tiger Woods
- Xander Schauffele
- Webb Simpson
- Matt Kuchar
- Tony Finau
The points race continues in January for the U.S. team. Here’s a look at how players will qualify for the team.
Check out the latest standings for the team here.