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Furyk, Stricker, Bradley could score Ryder Cup points Sunday

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AKRON, Ohio – The wide gap between the eight automatic qualifying berths for the United States Ryder Cup team and those on the outside looking in may tighten up on Sunday.

That's because Keegan Bradley (ninth on the current list), Steve Stricker (13th) and Jim Furyk (15th) are each in contention going into the final round of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

Currently in third place, Bradley would virtually solidify his place on the team with a victory and could slide past Phil Mickelson and Hunter Mahan with a solo second-place result.

Stricker, in a share of fourth, could move as high as seventh with a win, but can't crack the top-eight with anything less.

And 54-hole leader Furyk, up by one stroke over Louis Oosthuizen, would pass Mahan's current total with a win, but still wouldn't squeeze into the top-eight because Mahan (T-49 in the tournament) is guaranteed of at least 40 points, even with a last-place finish.

Next week's PGA Championship is the final tournament in which U.S. players can earn points, with double points available at the year's final major.