Sunday, 12 August 2012
Peter Hanson   (Getty Images)
Peter Hanson (Getty Images)

With a host of Ryder Cup points available on the final day of the US PGA Championship at Kiawah Island, those in contention and on the cusp of qualification for José María Olazábal's European Team have a lot to play for.

Who can do what? It’s worth taking a look at a breakdown of the current standings, and possible outcomes following the final Major Championship of the year in South Carolina.

Peter Hanson
- Eighth in the current standings – third in World Points List - on 173.57 points
- Was tied for seventh with 24 holes to play
- With Lee Westwood safely ensconced in second placed on the World Points list a top ten finish would award Hanson at least 18 points and all but secure his place in the team

Martin Kaymer
- Currently in the ninth automatic spot on 172.26 points
- Missed cut – 0 points

Sergio Garcia
- Currently in the tenth and last automatic spot on 158.85 points
- Missed cut – 0 points
- In danger of being ousted from the top ten with the likes of Poulter in contention in South Carolina

Nicolas Colsaerts
- Currently 11th in the standings on 152.93 points
- Missed cut – 0 points

Ian Poulter
- 12th in the current standings on 143.14 points
- Within the top ten as play started on Sunday
- Will need at least a top ten finish to have a chance of ousting Sergio Garcia from the tenth automatic spot

Rafael Cabrera-Bello
- Currently in 13th spot on 140.45 points
- Missed cut – 0 points

Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaño
- 14th in the current standings on 133.43 points
- Had slipped back into mid-20s with 27 holes to play
- Probably needs a top four finish to have a chance at breaking into the top ten on Sunday

Thomas Bjorn
- Currently 15th in the standings on 123.14 points
- Made the cut at Kiawah Island but languishing somewhat towards the bottom of the field
- Would need a remarkable turnaround to force his way into the reckoning this week

Marcel Siem
- Has 119.30 points and at the moment sits in 16th place in the standings
- Was inside the top 15 with a round and a bit to go
- Would require a superb final round and at least a top three finish on Sunday to break into the top ten this week but is certainly not doing his hopes any hard with a top 15 and one more event to play

Padraig Harrington
- Currently an outside in the standings in 19th place currently on 99.90 points
- One of the few at the business end of the leaderboard to finish his third round on Saturday and was in a share of ninth place as Sunday began
- Having won the 2008 US PGA you can’t rule out him making a final 18 charge and winning a fourth Major, but a second place alone would probably be enough to see him sneak into the top ten at the expense of Garcia

There was also the added interest on Sunday from an American perspective as the US PGA Championship represented the final opportunity for the Europeans' opponents to claim one of the eight automatic qualification spots available.

The race is nearly run, who can mount a late siege? Excitement and intrigue awaits.

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