Watson, Johnson on U.S. team

1st 8 members are in, including Watson after runner-up finish in PGA

August 16, 2010|By Chris Hine, Tribune newspapers

SHEBOYGAN, Wis. — With the PGA Championship over, the U.S. Ryder Cup roster got its first eight members Sunday.

Both Anthony Kim and Lucas Glover fell out of the top eight in the point standings, with Bubba Watson and Dustin Johnson replacing them thanks to their strong finishes Sunday. Tiger Woods is 12th in the standings and will have to be one of Corey Pavin's four captain's picks to join the team.

The rest of the team: Phil Mickelson, Hunter Mahan, Jim Furyk, Steve Stricker, Jeff Overton and Matt Kuchar. Overall, it's a young team, Mickelson said. He added there are still some young players on the cusp, such as Rickie Fowler.

"I'm not trying to lobby, I'm just saying we have a lot of good young players in America that are going to add a lot of value to the team," Mickelson said.

Mickelson fired his best round of the tournament Sunday, a 67, to finish tied for 12th.

But he could not wrestle the world's No. 1 ranking from Woods.

Running with younger crowd: Steve Elkington is 47, but as he looked at the top of the leaderboard, he saw players such as Johnson, 26, Martin Kaymer, 25, and Rory McIlroy, 21.

Elkington was right there with them — he was 11 under after 16 holes. But his tee shot on the par-3 17th ran over the green and down an embankment, resulting in a bogey. He finished 9 under, tied for fifth.

"I was them before, so they look at me as the old guy," Elkington said. "I think they're scared of me."

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