Mickelson makes Ryder Cup team; Dufner out


LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Thanks to his first top-10 finish on the PGA Tour this season, a runner-up showing to Rory McIlroy at the PGA Championship, Phil Mickelson made an 11th-hour push onto the U.S. Ryder Cup team to extend his streak in the matches that dates back to 1995.

Mickelson jumped to fifth on the final U.S. points list, up from 10th, and bumped Jason Dufner, who withdrew from the PGA with an ailing neck, out of the top nine qualifiers.

Bubba Watson maintained the top spot on the list followed by Rickie Fowler, who tied for third at Valhalla Golf Club, Jim Furyk and Jimmy Walker.

Matt Kuchar, Jordan Spieth, Patrick Reed and Zach Johnson round out the remainder of the top 9 that will travel to Scotland in September to attempt to win the matches for the first time since 2008.

Ryan Moore had a chance to play his way onto the team, but faded with a closing 74 and tied for 41st at the PGA to finish 11th on the point list; while Dufner finished just nine points behind Johnson for the final spot.

U.S. captain Tom Watson now has three weeks before he must select the final three team members on Sept. 2 in New York City.

The European team will be finalized on Aug. 24.

Automatic Qualifiers
1. Bubba Watson
2. Rickie Fowler
3. Jim Furyk
4. Jimmy Walker
5. Phil Mickelson
6. Matt Kuchar
7. Jordan Spieth
8. Patrick Reed
9. Zach Johnson

Next 5
10. Jason Dufner
11. Ryan Moore
12. Brendon Todd
13. Keegan Bradley
14. Chris Kirk

Other notables
15. Webb Simpson
20. Brandt Snedeker
25. Hunter Mahan
29. Steve Stricker
70. Tiger Woods