PGA Championship: Can anyone overtake Phil Mickelson for the last Ryder Cup spot?
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PGA Championship: Can anyone overtake Phil Mickelson for the last Ryder Cup spot?

With just one round left in qualifying for the U.S. Ryder Cup team, Phil Mickelson seems poised to earn a spot on Davis Love III's team.

Mickelson entered the week at No. 8 on the points list - the last of the automatic-qualifying spots. His nearest chasers have largely fallen by the wayside this week, but there are two players in position to catch him.

Hunter Mahan, who was ninth in points despite two wins this season, missed the cut, as did No. 12 Rickie Fowler and No. 13 Brandt Snedeker.

Dustin Johnson (14) and Jim Furyk (11) made the cut, but have almost zero chance to earn enough points to pass Mickelson.

Steve Stricker and Bo Van Pelt, however, could catch Mickelson. Stricker is 10th in points and in the penultimate group at Kiawah Island. He trails Mickelson by a little more than 600 points, needing to outearn Mickelson by $300,000 to jump into eighth. In the majors, a player is awarded two points for every $1,000 earned.

Van Pelt (15th) is 1,211 points behind eight place, requiring him to finish no worse than a two-way tie for second break into the top eight.

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