Phil Mickelson snags the final automatic spot on the Ryder Cup team

By Shane Bacon | Blogger
Phil Mickelson made his ninth Ryder Cup team on Sunday after the PGA Championship concluded. (Getty Images)

The automatic picks for the American Ryder Cup team are in, and you'd be hard-pressed to say this American team looks worse on paper than the Europeans.

Tiger Woods finished at the top of the points list for the United States team, with Bubba Watson coming in second and Jason Dufner finishing third. The biggest news was Phil Mickelson making his ninth Ryder Cup team on points alone, finishing in the last spot of the automatic choices for next month's showdown at Medinah.

The next four picks will be up to captain Davis Love III, which we won't know until Sept. 4, but the rankings are below of the top-15 so you can see some of the names he has to choose between over the next few weeks.

The Europeans still have until August 26 to land a spot automatically before captain Jose Maria Olazabal has to pick two to add to the 12-man roster.

1Tiger Woods6,014.184
2Bubba Watson5,815.054
3Jason Dufner5,697.302
4Keegan Bradley5,551.206
5Webb Simpson4,635.500
6Zach Johnson4,491.544
7Matt Kuchar4,448.942
8Phil Mickelson4,233.108
9Hunter Mahan4,082.228
10Steve Stricker4,015.069
11Jim Furyk3,369.616
12Rickie Fowler3,313.338
13Brandt Snedeker3,176.787
14Bo Van Pelt3,152.315
15Dustin Johnson3,040.020
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