Bradley's WGC win likely secures Ryder Cup spot

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AKRON, Ohio – Keegan Bradley will almost assuredly be a member of this year's United States Ryder Cup team.

There are mathematical possibilities in which all of the stars align right – or wrong, as the case may be – and he isn't one of the eight automatic qualifiers, but it isn't a likely proposition after his WGC-Bridgestone Invitational victory moved him to fourth on the points list, behind only Tiger Woods, Jason Dufner and Bubba Watson, with one week remaining for players to earn points.

'I try not to let people know how much it means to me, but I think about it every second,' he said after the win. 'I just want to be on that team so badly.'

Bradley isn't the only player who made a big climb at Firestone.

Steve Stricker and Jim Furyk each tied for second place, moving from 13th and 15th, respectively, to 10th and 11th.

They each trail Hunter Mahan, the lone player to drop outside the top eight this week. He is now ninth despite two PGA Tour victories this year.

The PGA Championship is the final event for which players can earn points. All earnings will be worth double points this coming week.