Tiger leads automatic qualifiers for U.S. Ryder Cup team, Mickelson 8th

Tiger Woods is the top qualifier for the U.S. Ryder Cup team.
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KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. (AP) - Phil Mickelson won't have to spend the next three weeks wondering if he'll be in the Ryder Cup.

In the final qualifying event for eight Americans to earn their way onto the team, there was no change after the PGA Championship. Mickelson was holding down the No. 8 spot, and he was assured of qualifying for the ninth straight time when neither Bo Van Pelt nor Steve Stricker could make a run on the back nine at Kiawah Island.

Tiger Woods again led the standings.

Also qualifying were Bubba Watson, Jason Dufner, Keegan Bradley, Webb Simpson, Zach Johnson and Matt Kuchar. Dufner, Bradley and Simpson will be playing for the first time. The Ryder Cup is Sept. 28-30 at Medinah.

Davis Love will announce his four captain's picks in three weeks.

(Related Photos: The 2012 U.S. Ryder Cup team)

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