Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson relieved to see Mickelson up game at PGA Championship

Tom Watson, the 2014 Ryder Cup captain, talks at the media Ryder Cup News Conference on August 11,...

Tom Watson, the 2014 Ryder Cup captain, talks at the media Ryder Cup News Conference on August 11, 2014 at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images/AFP)

TIM MCKAY, QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 1:09 PM ET

LOUISVILLE - Phil Mickelson got mowed down by Rory McIlroy Sunday at the PGA Championship here at Valhalla, but in the process he secured his chance to exact revenge on the Northern Irish superstar come September.

With his runner-up finish, Mickelson, who’d had a mostly miserable year prior to the PGA Championship, snuck into the U.S. Ryder Cup top nine at the deadline, which guaranteed him an automatic berth on an American side that will try to avenge the Europeans’ Mircale at Medinah in 2012.

The 44-year-old Lefty likely would have been one of Tom Watson’s picks anyway, but his performance on Sunday showed the U.S. captain that Mickelson has his game sorted and has a strong desire to be in Scotland with the team.

“That was wonderful. That was wonderful. I love Phil,” Watson said Monday of Mickelson’s final round performance on Sunday, when he reeled off six birdies for a final-round 66 that fell just one short as McIlroy claimed his fourth major championship.

 


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