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Kaymer Wins PGA, Tiger Doesn’t Clinch Ryder Cup – SportsUntapped.com
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Added August 16th, 2010 by Chalk

Kaymer Wins PGA, Tiger Doesn’t Clinch Ryder Cup
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Dustin Johnson and Bubba Watson had great chances to win The PGA Championship on Sunday, but both had to settle for the consolation prize of clinching US Ryder Cup team spots.  Tiger Woods is still the world’s top ranked golfer, but will need a captain’s selection to make the US team.  Germany’s Martin Kaymer became the second European major winner of the year by besting Watson in a three-hole playoff.

In Sunday’s final pairing, Dustin Johnson needed to just make par on the 18th hole to win his first major, but it looked like he bogeyed and would be in a three-way playoff.  Then some rules officials jumped out of a bush and decided he had grounded his club in a sand trap that didn’t look like a sand trap and dropped a two-stroke penalty on Johnson. That sent Johnson down to a tie for fifth.

Tiger finished T-28 at -2, after two sub-par rounds to start, he finished at even par on Saturday and +1 on Sunday.  He fell from 10th to 12th in the US Ryder Cup points standings.

Here’s the US Ryder Cup standings and how they fared at the PGA Championship — the top eight guys are guaranteed spots on the team:

  1. Phil Mickelson (T12)
  2. Hunter Mahan (T39)
  3. Bubba Watson (lost playoff)
  4. Jim Furyk (T24)
  5. Steve Stricker (T18)
  6. Dustin Johnson (T5)
  7. Jeff Overton (71)
  8. Matt Kuchar (T10)
  9. Anthony Kim (MC)
  10. Lucas Glover (MC)
  11. Zach Johnson (T3)
  12. Tiger Woods (T28)

While Woods didn’t play well enough to get an automatic berth, he certainly didn’t play badly enough to play himself off the team.  With captain Corey Pavin getting to pick four more guys for the team, it’s hard to see Tiger not being one of the four.

As for the Official World Golf Rankings, Phil Mickelson and Steve Stricker both had the opportunity to unseat Tiger as world #1 with high finishes at the PGA Championship.  Mickelson shot -5 on Sunday to move up to T12, but needed to be at least in the top four to get the top ranking.  Stricker needed to win the tournament to take the top spot.

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