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Phil Mickelson secures Ryder Cup place

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Phil Mickelson's second place finish at the US PGA Championship has secured his 10th successive Ryder Cup appearance.

Mickelson's automatic qualification had been in doubt but he earned the required points at Valhalla to earn him one of the nine places in the US teams for next month's event at Gleneagles.

Final chance

The US PGA Championship represented the final tournament to count towards qualification meaning those nine players occupying those places have secured their Ryder Cup position.

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The 44-year old finished one shot behind eventual winner Rory McIlroy during the US PGA Championship and Mickelson hopes he can continue where he left off on Sunday.

"This is just a little glimpse of what I feel I can do and I'll see if I can work on it some more," Mickelson told reporters.

Questionable form

But Mickelson's automatic place was in doubt before this weekend as the 2013 Open champion hadn't finished in the top 10 at a tour event since January. He went into the tournament 10th on the US qualification list meaning he needed to move up at least one place.

But Mickelson, chasing his sixth major, held a share of the lead going into the final few holes before McIlroy prevailed meaning the American earned enough points to see him climb to fifth in the Ryder Cup qualification list.

Points system

The places are determined by a points systems which is based on prize money earned at Majors and PGA Tour events. With nine players qualifying automatically, three further players are picked as wildcards by captain Tom Watson which he is scheduled to announce on 2 September.

A potential wild card pick is 14 time major winner Tiger Woods who missed the cut at Valhalla and seems to still be struggling from a back injury despite surgery on it in March.

Mickelson relished being back in the mix for a major title but admits he began to tire towards the end. Although he finished the tournament in second place, Mickelson still considers his year a disappointment so far.

'Ran out of steam'

"It was fun to get back back in the mix and feel the pressure," said Mickelson, whose nine Ryder Cup appearances are a US record. "I just ran out of steam after 12 holes.

"I am disappointed in the outcome. If I could have finished the last five or six holes strongly, it could have flipped the way I feel about the whole year."

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