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Jordan Spieth and Justin Reed tied for 11th this weekend to grab about 120 Ryder Cup points, the most …

By Mike Benzie, PGA.com

Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed both earned about 120 points this weekend to push closer toward earning a spot on the U.S. Ryder Cup Team.

The exact total needed to earn one of nine automatic spots won't be known until the points qualifying events close with the PGA Championship, but U.S. Team Captain Tom Watson has all along leaned on PGA of America President Ted Bishop's assumption that 4,637 is the magic number. And either way, both earned 120 points in a weekend where most of the top 10 failed to earn a point by either not playing or missing the cut at Congressional.

Spieth and Reed finished tied for 11th this weekend at the Quicken Loans National, and along with Brendon Todd, made the biggest moves among anyone in the top 15. Todd tied for fifth this weekend and moved two spots from No. 15 to No. 13. He was the only player in the top 20 to move up. Todd earned about 145 points.

Meanwhile, Tiger Woods missed a valuable opportuntiy to gain points and push up the standings to earn an automatic berth. He still has a chance with strong showings in the Open Championship and PGA Championship, but it's beginning to look more likely his only chance to make the team will be on one of three Captain's Picks.

Here are the current standings through 12 spots. Nine players will automatically make the team and Watson will select three as Captain's Picks:

Bubba Watson, 6,736.953

Jimmy Walker, 5,379.505

Dustin Johnson, 4,844.499

Matt Kuchar, 4,716.483

Jordan Spieth, 4,547.698

Jim Furyk, 4,302.834

Rickie Fowler, 3,831.433

Jason Dufner, 3,466.285

Patrick Reed, 3,257.157

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Phil Mickelson, 3,095.086

Chris Kirk, 3,020.729

Harris English, 2,957.498

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