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Indeed, six of the top eight have either won multiple times (Tiger Woods, Jason Dufner, Zach Johnson, Mahan) or won a major worth double points (Bubba Watson, Webb Simpson). The others are Matt Kuchar, who won The Players Championship, and Phil Mickelson, who won Pebble Beach, lost in a playoff at Riviera and tied for third at the Masters.

Missing from the top eight are some usual suspects _ Dustin Johnson at No. 12, Steve Stricker at No. 13 and Jim Furyk, who has played on every U.S. team since making his debut in the 1997 Ryder Cup. Even if Furyk were to win the World Golf Championship this week with its $1.4 million payoff.

Rickie Fowler is at No. 10 and Brandt Snedeker is No. 11.

Snedeker lost about 160 points on the final hole of the British Open when he made bogey, Woods made birdie and they tied for third. If Snedeker had been in third place alone, he would be slightly ahead of Fowler.

A year ago, Snedeker could have made the U.S. team for the Presidents Cup by closing with a 1-over 72. He had a 74 in the BMW Championship and missed out.

“This is a position I’m used to,” Snedeker said. “Unfortunately, I’ve never been on the inside. I’ve been on the outside looking in. I’ve got to play well, and if I don’t, I have nobody to blame but myself.”

Davis Love III will announce Sept. 4 his four captain’s picks. Just like making the team, it won’t be easy.


PGA FIELD: William McGirt was closer than ever to playing in his first major championship.

In another example of how every shot counts, McGirt missed getting into the PGA Championship by $11. The PGA of America went down to No. 78 on its points list to fill the field of 156 players for next week at Kiawah Island. The points list is based on PGA Tour earnings from the Bridgestone Invitational last year through the Canadian Open.

Jimmy Walker, who got the last spot, had $1,189,510. McGirt was at No. 79 with $1,189,499.

McGirt tied for second in the Canadian Open; finishing in second place alone (he made bogey on the last hole) or winning would have sent him to Kiawah. Alas, all is not lost. McGirt is the first alternate, and two spots are held open in case the winners of the Reno-Tahoe Open or Bridgestone Invitational are not already eligible for the PGA.

The PGA Championship fills out its field with special invitations, which essentially is a way for it to get as many from the top 100 in the world. But even those who fell out of the top 100 in the last few weeks were given exemptions _ Michael Hoey of Northern Ireland, Thomas Aiken of South Africa, and Robert Allenby. The PGA of America went down to No. 108 _ Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand _ for its invitations.

The PGA Championship has all of the top 108 players in the world ranking.


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