Golf: Mickelson qualifies for US Ryder Cup squad after finishing runner-up to McIlroy
Published on Aug 11, 2014 4:47 PM
LOUISVILLE (AFP) - Phil Mickelson settled for second place to Rory McIlroy on Sunday at the PGA Championship, but he did book himself a spot on this year's US Ryder Cup team.
The 44-year-old left-hander fired a final-round 66 at Valhalla to finish on 15-under 269, falling by a stroke but producing his first top-10 finish since January in the final US Ryder Cup qualifying event.
"I feel like I'm closer to great play than what this year showed," Mickelson said. "This is just a little glimpse of what I feel I can do and I'll see if I can work on it some more."
Mickelson, who began the week just outside the cut-off for making the team, achieved his goal of two decades of qualifying for the American squad on points, giving him a chance to help the US team reclaim the trophy from holders Europe in the matchplay showdown next month at Gleneagles, Scotland.
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