Mickelson in, Dufner out of U.S. Ryder Cup team

Mon Aug 11, 2014 5:04am EDT
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By Mark Lamport-Stokes

LOUISVILLE Kentucky (Reuters) - Phil Mickelson narrowly missed out on a sixth major victory at the PGA Championship on Sunday but the 44-year-old would take some consolation from the fact he had played his way onto the United States Ryder Cup team for a record 10th time.

Heading into the year's final major, the American left-hander had been one spot outside the automatic top-nine selections for Tom Watson's team to take on holders Europe in Gleneagles, Scotland from Sept. 26-28.

The PGA Championship was the final qualifying event and Mickelson climbed from 10th to fifth place in the U.S. point standings by finishing second at Valhalla Golf Club, one stroke behind winner Rory McIlroy.

Mickelson had said at the start of the week how important it was for him to qualify for Watson's team on merit, rather than have to rely on being one of three wildcard picks.

"I'm confident that I'll get on the team on my own and won't require that pick," the Californian said on the eve of the tournament.

"I want to keep that streak going of two decades that I have. I want to keep that going of making the team on my own and not needing a pick."

Mickelson has played in every Ryder Cup since he made his debut for the United States in 1995, competing on winning teams in 1999, at Brookline, and in 2008, at Valhalla.

The other automatic qualifiers for the team were Masters champion Bubba Watson, Rickie Fowler, Jim Furyk, Jimmy Walker, Matt Kuchar, Jordan Spieth, Patrick Reed and Zach Johnson.   Continued...

Phil Mickelson of the U.S. hits his second shot on the 12th hole during the final round of the 2014 PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky, August 10, 2014. REUTERS/Brian Snyder