Would Sergio be a lock for the Ryder Cup team with a Wyndham win?
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Would Sergio be a lock for the Ryder Cup team with a Wyndham win?

If Sergio Garcia wins the Wyndham Championship on Sunday, has he locked up a spot on the European Ryder Cup team?

The answer: yes.

With a win, Garcia would pick up 42 world rankings points, bringing his tally to 200.85 for the qualifying window that ends next week with the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles. That would launch Garcia into position as the third of five players that would qualify for the team based on their cumulative world ranking points.

Garcia would bump Ian Poulter out of that qualifying five, though his finishes in the majors this year and his Ryder Cup pedigree assure his position on the team. Poulter is not in the field at Gleneagles next week, instead competing in the FedEx Cup playoff opener at The Barclays. World ranking points earned at Bethpage Black will not count toward the world points list - a stipulation designed to entice players to compete in Scotland.

Just six points behind Garcia on the world points list, Nicolas Colsaerts could bounce Martin Kaymer, currently the ninth qualifier and fourth from the world points list, from the automatic 10.

To pass Kaymer, also not in the field at Gleneagles, he would need to earn a combined 19.4 world ranking points between his finishes at the Wyndham Championship on Sunday and at Gleneagles next week. If Colsaerts finishes in a two-way tie for second or better, he would surpass Kaymer.

If Colsaerts cannot finish that high, there are 34 points up for grabs for the winner at Gleneagles. Another top-five finish would likely get him the tally he needs to secure the last automatic spot on the team.


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