Phil Mickelson misses cut at PGA Championship, puts Ryder Cup in question

Bryson DeChambeau Phil Mickelson among Ryder Cup bubble guys to miss PGA cut			Getty Images

Bryson DeChambeau Phil Mickelson among Ryder Cup bubble guys to miss PGA cut Getty Images

Five-time major victor Phil Mickelson failed in his bid to qualify on points for a 12th consecutive US Ryder Cup team on Saturday (Aug 11), missing the cut at the 100th PGA Championship. Mickelson is still expected to be one of captain Jim Furyk's four at-large picks, with three coming on September 4 and the final one coming on September 10.

Europe's Ryder Cup qualifying system has three more weeks remaining, with four points spots and four based on world rankings not set until Sept 2, followed by four picks from captain Thomas Bjorn.

As a result Woods is now down in T48, six shots adrift of the early frontrunner Gary Woodland (-6), ahead of his second round on Friday, which sees him tee off at 7.48pm (BST) alongside defending champion Justin Thomas (-1) and Rory McIlroy, who like rival Woods is level par after the first round.

The 48-year-old Mickelson played on his first U.S. Ryder Cup team in 1995 and has made every team since, including two years ago at Hazeltine, where the Americans won for just the third time in his 11 appearances.

The top eight players in the Ryder Cup standings, which will be finalised after the PGA Championship on Sunday, will earn automatic berths for next month's showcase with the final four spots left to Furyk.

It means Mickelson will have to rely on one of four captain's picks, although he is one of the favourites to be selected.

Mickelson came into the week 10th in the standings and needed roughly a top-20 finish to give himself a chance.

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The five-time major victor has also been on every U.S. Presidents Cup team dating to 1994.

Finau, who is No. 13 on the points list and played the first two rounds with Furyk (who also made the cut at even par), carded 10 birdies in his second round, including birdies on his first five holes. "It was insane", Finau said.

"I haven't had an opportunity to play too much with Tony but ..."

"Emotional roller coaster - five birdies in a row to start my round then a triple in there".

"A lot of things could happen".

Here's a look at some of the standout players to have missed the cut from both sides of the Atlantic and its impact...

Finau was paired again with Furyk in round three while Schauffele was on three-under. One characteristic Furyk surely took note of was the fact that Finau didn't let his 4-over opening round get him down. So maybe it kind of woke me up. "He won't be happy with where he's been with his game over the last few months, so I'm sure he would like to go out and put in a few good performances..."

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