Austin earns spot on Presidents Cup team

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Woody Austin will get another chance with Tiger Woods on the golf course, this time playing as his teammate instead of against him.

Austin’s surprise second-place finish to Woods at the PGA Championship on Sunday vaulted him into the top 10 in the Presidents Cup standings, meaning he’s earned an automatic spot on the American team in Montreal next month.

“I think my personality suits that kind of competition,” Austin said of the match-play event against the best non-European players in the world. “I’d like to think that my personality is a lot like Tiger’s. Very out there, very emotional. I think in that format, I like the idea.”

Austin’s rise from 17th to 10th on the list bumped Lucas Glover out of the top 10. Jack Nicklaus will make his two captain’s picks Monday, with Glover and Hunter Mahan among the top candidates.

Mahan finished tied for 18th at Southern Hills, has a sixth-place finish at the British Open, a win at the Travelers Championship and hasn’t finished outside the top 25 all summer.

“It’s out of my control, there’s nothing I can do,” Mahan said. “I played as hard as I could, it is what it is. It’s an honor to be considered.”

The U.S. team is determined by earnings, while the international team is determined by the world golf rankings.

Stuart Appleby of Australia finished tied for 12th in the PGA and left the course before knowing if that was good enough to put him in the top 10 for the international team.

The updated world golf rankings showed that he moved into the 10th spot, knocking Nick O’Hern onto the bubble.

Gary Player will also make his captain’s picks Monday.

“I’m a heck of a match player and I’ve played with Tiger a couple of times, so maybe that might help my case,” O’Hern said. “But at the end of the day, they’ve got to pick who they think’s right.”

Also just outside the top 10 for the internationals were Andres Romero, who finished third at the British Open, and Aaron Baddeley, who won the FBR Open early in the year but has missed the cut at the last two majors.

The rest of the American top 10 are Woods, Jim Furyk, Phil Mickelson, Zach Johnson, Charles Howell III, David Toms, Scott Verplank, Steve Stricker and Stewart Cink.

The rest of the international top 10 is Ernie Els, Adam Scott, Vijay Singh, Geoff Ogilvy, Rory Sabbatini, K.J. Choi, Retief Goosen, Angel Cabrera and Trevor Immelman.

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