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Mickelson keeps amazing Ryder Cup record alive
Phil Mickelson may have tasted defeat on Sunday in the US PGA Championship, but his narrow loss placed him second behind eventual winner Rory McIlroy and kept alive a proud Ryder Cup record.
Mickelson had qualified automatically for each of his record nine previous Ryder Cup exploits, and that amazing streak will now extend to 10 after the Callaway player pushed McIlroy all the way at a rainy Valhalla.
44-year-old Mickelson moved from 10th in the standings to fifth and joins the likes of Cobra’s Rickie Fowler, Callaway’s Jim Furyk and PING’s Bubba Watson, along with other standout performers Jordan Spieth, Matt Kuchar, Jimmy Walker, Patrick Reed, Zach Johnson and Tom Watson in the US team for Gleneagles.
Watson will add three wildcard picks on September 2 and is already facing some tough decisions, with Kuchar withdrawing before the start of the US PGA with back spasms and Tiger Woods missing the cut at Valhalla in just his fourth tournament of the year following back surgery in March.
Woods has not qualified for the fast-approaching FedEx Cup play-offs and could find himself without a competitive game to play for the six weeks leading up to the Ryder Cup – although 2008 winning captain Paul Azinger believes the former world no.1 should not be considered anyway due his poor form and fitness over past several months.
Another player who isn’t having such a great time of it is Jason Dufner, who dropped out of the automatic qualifying positions after pulling out after only 10 holes of his PGA title defence. The American told reporters that he won’t hit another golf ball until he’s completely healthy, meaning he will possibly miss the Ryder Cup also.
However, Watson is keeping his head up throughout the problems to his team. Speaking about Dufner, he said: "I feel sorry for Jason Dufner. I saw him on Friday and he didn't look good. I've had neck injuries and it's taken a long time to recover. I hope that's not the case with Jason."
Mickelson impresses with Callaway Golf equipment at US PGA Championship
Here’s a look at the golf clubs Phil Mickelson used in his slender defeat to Rory McIlroy at the US PGA Championship:
FAIRWAY WOODS: Callaway X2 Hot Deep Fairway Wood
HYBRIDS: Callaway X2 Hot Pro Hybrid
IRONS: Callaway Golf Irons
WEDGES: Callaway Golf Wedges