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      He's one of nine players to qualify after PGA Championship

    • Phil Mickelson moved from 10th to fifth in the U.S. Ryder Cup standings after his PGA runner-up. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images) Phil Mickelson moved from 10th to fifth in the U.S. Ryder Cup standings after his PGA runner-up. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Phil Mickelson picked up a small consolation Sunday after his runner-up finish in the PGA Championship. He extended his American record by qualifying for his 10th consecutive Ryder Cup team.

    The PGA Championship was the final qualifying event for nine Americans to make the team that will try to win back the cup from Europe on Sept. 26-28 in Scotland.

    Mickelson's feat is amazing in this era of greater depth. He qualified for his first team just two years after Jordan Spieth was born. They will be teammates at Gleneagles.


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    Making the team on his own was important to the five-time major champion, and he didn't want Tom Watson to spend one of his three captain's picks on him. Mickelson effectively wrapped up his spot going into the final round, and then nearly won the PGA Championship until falling one shot short of Rory McIlroy.

    With his runner-up finish -- points count double in a major -- Mickelson moved up to No. 5.

    Masters champion Bubba Watson led the final points list for the first time and will play in his third Ryder Cup. He was followed by Jim Furyk, Rickie Fowler, Jimmy Walker, Mickelson, Matt Kuchar, Spieth, Patrick Reed and Zach Johnson.

    Jason Dufner fell out of the top nine. Dufner withdrew from the PGA Championship on Thursday because of a neck injury and was not sure how long he would be out.

    Johnson was assured of passing Dufner by making the cut. Johnson closed with a 77, and he wound up 8.974 points ahead of Dufner, or the equivalent of $8,974.

    Ryan Moore was at No. 11, followed by Brendon Todd and Keegan Bradley, who missed the cut.

    Watson will make his three picks on Sept. 2, giving players at least three weeks to audition for him next week at the Wyndham Championship, and then the opening two FedEx Cup playoff events at The Barclays and Deutsche Bank Championship.

    Tiger Woods, who missed the cut by five shots at the PGA Championship with a sore back, finished at No. 70 and is not playing again the rest of the season. Dustin Johnson would have qualified for the team except that he is taking a voluntary leave indefinitely to confront what he described as personal challenges.

    Europe has never been this big of a favorite with six weeks to go before the matches.

    For the first time, Europeans won three of the four majors -- McIlroy at the British Open and PGA Championship, and Martin Kaymer at the U.S. Open. Henrik Stenson, who tied for third at the PGA, moved up to No. 2 behind McIlroy in European points.

    "We will not be underestimating them," European captain Paul McGinley said.


    TEAM USA CAPSULES
    1. BUBBA WATSON

    Age: 35
    Birthplace: Bagdad, Florida
    Ryder Cup appearances: 2 (2010-12)
    Ryder Cup record: 3-5-0 (0-2 singles; 0-2 foursomes; 3-1 four-balls)
    2014 highlights: Won second Masters title with three-shot win over Jonas Blixt and Jordan Spieth…Also won Northern Trust Open. … Seven top-10s in 17 starts, including runners-up at World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship and Waste Management Phoenix Open. … No. 3 in FedExCup.

    ***

    2. RICKIE FOWLER
    Age: 25
    Birthplace: Murrietta, California
    Ryder Cup appearances: 1 (2010)
    Ryder Cup record: 0-1-2 (0-0-1 singles; 0-0-1 foursomes; 0-1-0 four-balls)
    2014 highlights: Top five in all four majors (T5, Masters; T2, U.S. Open; T2, Open Championship; T3, PGA Championship). … Finished no worse than 13th in past six worldwide starts, including three top-three finishes. … No. 15 in FedExCup.

    ***

    3. JIM FURYK
    Age: 44
    Birthplace: West Chester, Pennsylvania
    Ryder Cup appearances: 8 (1997-99-2002-04-06-08-10-12)
    Ryder Cup record: 9-17-4 (4-3-1 singles; 4-6-2 foursomes; 1-8-1 four-balls)
    2014 highlights: Runners-up at Wells Fargo Championship, THE PLAYERS Championship and RBC Canadian Open. … Top-15 in all four majors (T14, Masters; T12, U.S. Open; 4th, Open Championship; T5, PGA Championship). … 14 top-25s, including eight top-10s, in 17 starts this season. … No. 5 in FedExCup.

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    4. JIMMY WALKER
    Age: 35
    Birthplace: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
    Ryder Cup appearances: None
    Ryder Cup record: 0-0-0
    2014 highlights: Earned first three PGA TOUR victories in first eight starts of season (Frys.com Open; Sony Open in Hawaii; AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am). ... Top-10s in three majors (T8, Masters; T9, U.S. Open; T7, PGA Championship). … No. 2 in FedExCup after leading for most of year.

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    5. PHIL MICKELSON
    Age: 44
    Birthplace: San Diego
    Ryder Cup appearances: 9 (1995-97-99-2002-04-06-08-10-12)
    Ryder Cup record: 14-18-6 (4-5-0 singles; 4-5-4 foursomes; 6-8-2 four-balls)
    2014 highlights: Moved from 10th to fifth in U.S. team standings with runner-up finish at PGA Championship. Was his first top-10 in 18 starts this season. … Shot final-round 62 at World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational to finish T15 in final start before PGA. … Ten top-25s in 18 starts. … No. 42 in FedExCup.

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    6. MATT KUCHAR
    Age:
    36
    Birthplace: Winter Park, Florida
    Ryder Cup appearances: 2 (2010-12)
    Ryder Cup record: 3-2-2 (0-2-0 singles; 1-0-0 foursomes; 2-0-2 four-balls)
    2014 highlights: Won RBC Heritage. … T5 at Masters. … Fifteen top-25s, including 10 top-10s, in 20 starts. … Had four consecutive top-fives, including Heritage win, T5 at Augusta National, playoff loss at Shell Houston Open and T4 at Valero Texas Open. … Withdrew from PGA Championship with back spasms. ... No. 4 in FedExCup.

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    7. JORDAN SPIETH
    Age: 21
    Birthplace: Dallas
    Ryder Cup appearances: None
    Ryder Cup record: 0-0-0
    2014 highlights: Played in final group at Masters (T2) and THE PLAYERS Championship (T4). … Also runner-up at Hyundai Tournament of Champions. … Sixteen top-25s, including seven top-10s, in 23 starts. … No. 8 in FedExCup. ... Previously represented United States in Walker Cup (2011) and Presidents Cup (2013).

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    8. PATRICK REED
    Age:
    24
    Birthplace: San Antonio, Texas
    Ryder Cup appearances: None
    Ryder Cup record: 0-0-0
    2014 highlights: Won Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation and World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship. Opened Humana Challenge with three consecutive 63s.… Finished fourth at World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational … Held 54-hole lead at Quicken Loans National before final-round 77 dropped him to 11th place. … No. 9 in FedExCup. ... Went 6-0 in match play in leading Augusta State to 2010 and 2011 NCAA titles.

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    9. ZACH JOHNSON
    Age:
    38
    Birthplace: Cedar Rapids, Iowa
    Ryder Cup appearances: 3 (2006-10-12)
    Ryder Cup record: 6-4-1 (2-1-0 singles; 3-2-1 foursomes; 1-1-0 four-balls)
    2014 highlights: Won Hyundai Tournament of Champions. … Runner-up at John Deere Classic. … Third at Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation after final-round 62. … Nine top-25s, including five top-10s, in 22 starts. … No. 11 in FedExCup.

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