ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI | The curiosity over who will or won’t be on the U.S. Ryder Cup team in September took another twist Saturday when three prominent players trying to play their way into one of the eight automatic qualifying spots missed the cut at the PGA Championship.
Bryson DeChambeau (ninth in points entering the week), Phil Mickelson (10th) and Matt Kuchar (12th) each missed the cut as did Kyle Stanley (14th).
The eight automatic qualifiers will be finalized at the conclusion of the PGA Championship. Webb Simpson sits in eighth place entering Sunday’s final round with Rickie Fowler in seventh place.
Mickelson had been an automatic qualifier for each of the 11 Ryder Cup teams on which he has played but he will need to be one of Furyk’s four choices to play in Paris. Mickelson, along with Tiger Woods who entered the week 20th in points, are both expected to be among Furyk’s captain’s picks.
DeChambeau three-putted his 18th hole on Saturday morning to miss the cut by one stroke. Kuchar also missed the cut by one stroke. The even-par cut was the lowest in modern major championship history with a record 78 players shooting scores under par in the second round.
Meanwhile, Gary Woodland and Kevin Kisner continued to build their cases with their play at Bellerive. Tony Finau (13th) and Xander Schauffele (11th) also made it into the weekend after playing the first two rounds with Furyk. Finau made 10 birdies in his rollicking second-round 65.
Furyk said earlier this week that he intends to continue tracking the points for players who did not automatically qualify for the team as they work their way through the FedEx Cup playoffs. Furyk will pick three players after the completion of the Dell Technologies Championship Sept. 3 with his final pick to be announced after the BMW Championship which concludes Sept. 9.
That’s not all Furyk has to do. He also has two vice captain slots to fill in advance of the matches when the U.S. team will try to win on foreign soil for the first time in 25 years.