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Golf: Mickelson qualifies for US Ryder Cup squad after finishing runner-up to McIlroy

Published on Aug 11, 2014 4:47 PM
 
Phil Mickelson of the U.S. hits off a wet fourth fairway during the final round of the 2014 PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky, on Aug 10, 2014. 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. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

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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