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Dustin Johnson expands commanding lead in latest Ryder Cup USA points standings

World No. 1 Dustin Johnson increased his ever-growing lead in the 2018 Ryder Cup USA points race with a T12 in the Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass on Sunday.

Johnson is currently just shy of 1,200 points ahead of Matt Kuchar, who is next-best in the standings.

The biggest mover in the top 10 this week came courtesy of Brendan Steele. He jumped form No. 20 to No. 9 thanks to his T6 at TPC Sawgrass that included a final-round, 4-under 68.

Brooks Koepka improved two spots, up to No. 5, with his T16 in the Players Championship.

The next point-getting opportunity for 2017 comes in one month at the U.S. Open.

The points process for the American team will conclude on August 12, 2018, following the 100th PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis, with the top eight players on the points list securing spots on the U.S. Team.

Here is the current top 12 (and ties):

1. Dustin Johnson, 1,766.313
2. Matt Kuchar, 575.907
3. Kevin Chappell, 436.831 
4. Bill Haas, 427.188
5. Brooks Koepka, 416.075
6. Ryan Moore, 395.028
7. Phil Mickelson, 378.808
8. Jordan Spieth, 335.825

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9. Brendan Steele, 312.819
10. Justin Thomas, 303.418
11. Rickie Fowler, 297.103
12. Pat Perez, 273.222

The four remaining slots on the U.S. Team will be Captain's Selections. Three selections will be announced by Captain Furyk following the Dell Technologies Championship scheduled to be completed on September 3, 2018, and the final selection will be announced after the BMW Championship, which is slated to be completed on September 9, 2018. 

Here's a look at the point-getting events and how the 12-player team will be picked: 

2017 Major Championships: 

  • 1 Point per $1,000 earned (The Masters; U.S. Open; Open Championship; PGA Championship)

2017 WGC Events and The Players Championship:

  • 1 point per $2,000 earned (WGC-Mexico Championship; WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Championship; The Players Championship; WGC-Bridgestone Invitational; WGC-HSBC Champions)

2018 Regular PGA Tour events:

  • 1 point per $1,000 earned (Beginning January 1, 2018, through the PGA Championship, August 12, 2018; includes the Zurich Classic of New Orleans team event and WGC events)

2018 Opposite Field PGA TOUR events will NOT receive points

2018 Major Championships: 

  • 2 Points per $1,000 earned for the Winner; 1.5 Points per $1,000 earned for all others to make the cut (The Masters; U.S. Open; Open Championship; PGA Championship)