Phil will have to rely on the kind­ness of Jim

Cape Times - - CLASSIFIEDS -

ST. LOUIS: Amer­i­can Phil Mick­el­son will have to rely on a cap­tain’s pick for next month’s Ry­der Cup af­ter miss­ing the cut at the PGA Cham­pi­onship on Satur­day.

Mick­el­son had qual­i­fied au­to­mat­i­cally for the U.S. team stretch­ing back to his de­but in 1995, mak­ing 11 con­sec­u­tive ap­pear­ances in the bi­en­nial event.

The top eight on a points list af­ter the PGA Cham­pi­onship will make the team au­to­mat­i­cally, while cap­tain Jim Furyk will se­lect four oth­ers.

Five-times ma­jor cham­pion Mick­el­son ar­rived at the PGA Cham­pi­onship 10th in the stand­ings, and did not even come close to mak­ing A full up­date on the PGA Cham­pi­onship will be avail­able on www.iol.co.za/sport or in to­mor­row’s Cape Times

the half­way cut, shoot­ing four-over-par 144 to miss out by four strokes at Bel­lerive.

Though he has not been in good form re­cently, the 48-year-old will prob­a­bly still be picked by Furyk, who has a few more weeks to pon­der his choices.

Less likely to make the team is ninth-ranked Bryson DeCham­beau, who missed a four-foot putt at his fi­nal hole on Satur­day to miss the cut by one stroke.

Twelfth- ranked Matt Kuchar also missed the cut,

but 11th-ranked Xan­der Schauf­fele and 15th-ranked Kevin Kis­ner ad­vanced.

Eighth- ranked Webb Simp­son, the vul­ner­a­ble man in the qual­i­fy­ing hot seat, also ad­vanced, so has a chance to take care of his own fate over the fi­nal two rounds.

But if he does not have a high fin­ish, Simp­son could be over­taken by Schauf­fele or Kis­ner. Schauf­fele, equal 19th af­ter two rounds, can pass Simp­son with a fin­ish of fourth or bet­ter.

Kis­ner looms a big dan­ger too. In sec­ond place af­ter 36 holes, he will au­to­mat­i­cally make the team with a first or sec­ond plac­ing, and per­haps even with a third.

Six of the top eight Amer­i­cans in the stand­ings made the cut on Satur­day, with only fourth-placed Patrick Reed and fifth-placed Bubba Wat­son bow­ing out. How­ever, they are al­ready locked in to make the team.

Seventh-placed Rickie Fowler is not yet a math­e­mat­i­cal cer­tainty but as he is only two shots from the lead be­fore start­ing the fi­nal­round, he is ex­pected to pick up enough points to hold on to his spot. – Reuters

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