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Is Koepka keeping his Ryder Cup spot?

US golfer Brooks Koepka speaks during a press conference ahead of the 151st British Open Golf Championship at Royal Liverpool Golf Course in Hoylake, north west England on July 18, 2023. The Royal Liverpool Golf Course will host The 151st Open from July 20 to 23, 2023. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE

Foremost LIV player Brooks Koepka should be a cinch for the United States Ryder Cup Team on account of his current standings, which is fourth.

That’s because of his joint second finish in the Masters and, of course, his triumph at the PGA Championship.

However, the points he has accumulated won’t rise anymore with four PGA Tour events left on the calendar.

Meaning, everyone chasing him can catch up depending on their campaigns in the 3M Open, the Wyndham Championship, the FedEx St. Jude Championship, and the BMW Championship.

If Koepka falls out of the top six (which automatically makes it) only the captain’s pick can get him on the team which competes against Europe’s best on 28 September to 1 October at Marco Simone Golf and Country Club in Guidonia Montecilio, Italy.

So his fate depends on team captain Zach Johnson.

Meantime, Jon Rahm said on Sunday he is ready to follow in the footsteps of fellow-Spaniard Seve Ballesteros by being a leader for Europe at the Ryder Cup later this year.

The world number three finished tied for second at the British Open as four other Europeans — Sepp Straka, Rory McIlroy, Tommy Fleetwood and Matthew Jordan — also finished in the top 10.

Rahm has played in two previous Ryder Cups, helping the hosts coast to victory in France in 2018 before the USA gained revenge with an emphatic 19-9 win two years ago.

Ballesteros, who died in 2011, is regarded as one of the all-time Ryder Cup greats.

The five-time major winner was a part of four winning European sides as a player and one as captain in 1997.

“If they want me to be a role model on the team or a leader, I will be,” Rahm said.

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