McDowell lands massive Ryder Cup points

McDowell lands massive Ryder Cup points
Graeme McDowell

Graeme McDowell

Graeme McDowell is just over €34,000 outside the nine automatic Ryder Cup places following his stunning three-shot win in the Celtic Manor Wales Open.

The Ulsterman, 30, moved from 22nd to 10th on the European Points List after pocketing a cheque for €350,940 thanks to a red-hot, eight under par 63 in the final round.

Skipper Colin Montgomerie has three wildcards but McDowell is hoping to push on now and win his second Ryder Cup cap on merit.

Italy’s Francesco Molinari currently holds the last of five qualifying places from the European Points List.

European Ryder Cup standings (qualifying positions in bold)

World Points List

1 Lee Westwood

2 Rory McIlroy

3 Ian Poulter

4 Luke Donald

5 Padraig Harrington

6 Martin Kaymer

7 Edoardo Molinari

8 Francesco Molinari

9 Paul Casey

10 Alvaro Quirós 

European Points List

1 Westwood 2726026.27

2 Poulter 2137556.02

3 McIlroy 1461089.47

4 Ross McGowan 1315249.84

5 Martin Kaymer 1161639.57

6 Donald 1084569.60

7 Simon Dyson 1078010.39

8 Alvaro Quirós 1056669.90

9 Francesco Molinari 1046043.94

10 Graeme McDowell 1011633.68