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He knows from experience it’s not that simple.
Phil Mickelson, who has qualified for every Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup team since 1995, has fallen to No. 8 in the standings and has a tenuous lead _ the equivalent of $40,690 _ over Hunter Mahan at No. 9. A little further back are Steve Stricker, Jim Furyk and Rickie Fowler.
“I know there’s several guys that are working really hard to try to make the team,” Love said Wednesday. “So hopefully, they will relax and just play the PGA this week and work their way in.”
Love tipped his hand at a couple of players that would seem to be safe. He was surprised to find out that Mahan, one of only four players to have won at least twice on the PGA Tour this year, was not among the top eight. And even though Furyk made double bogey on the final hole to lose at Firestone last week, he noted that the former U.S. Open champion “is playing very well week in and week out now.”
As for Stricker?
“I’ve said several times, we’ll be plugging holes, matching pairings, things like that,” Love said. “Obviously, if Steve Stricker was on the outside, we have a guy that likes to play with him. That’s a lock.”
European captain Jose Maria Olazabal still has time. The cutoff for 10 players who make the team _ five from a European Tour money list and five from a points based on world ranking points they have earned _ is not for three weeks until after the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles.
But the European captain made one thing clear _ Padraig Harrington better pick up the pace.
Harrington, a three-time major champion from Ireland, has been on every Ryder Cup team since 1999. But he has not won since the Johor Open at the end of 2010. Harrington has shown some improvement in recent weeks, and two of his five top 10s this year have come in the majors _ a tie for eighth at the Masters, a tie for fourth at the U.S. Open. That might not be good enough.
“Padraig, he has to do really extraordinary,” Olazabal said. “He’s well down the list. He will have to really do extraordinary well here. We’ve known Padraig; he’s a very methodical player. He really works hard at it. I’ve played with him a couple of times during this year. From tee to green, his game has been fairly good, but I think his putting has let him down this year so far.
“As I said, three weeks left,” Olazabal said. “If he really does extraordinarily well, he can have a great chance of making the team still. But it’s going to be up to him.”
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