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Austin made a run at Woods on the leaderboard in Sunday's final round of the PGA Championship, but his final-round 67 left him 2 strokes shy of the Wanamaker Trophy, in sole possession of second place.
At least there was a consolation prize.
The runner-up finish gave Austin enough points to earn a place on the United States Presidents Cup roster, the first time he will represent the country in international competition.
|Austin claimed the final automatic spot on the Presidents Cup roster.|
Woods, Jim Furyk, Phil Mickelson, Zach Johnson, Charles Howell III, Scott Verplank, David Toms, Steve Stricker, Stewart Cink and Austin comprise the first 10 players to make the U.S. roster.
Austin's inclusion on the team knocked out Lucas Glover, who also came agonizingly close to making the Ryder Cup team a year ago, only to fall short.
Of course, he still has a chance. U.S. captain Jack Nicklaus and International captain Gary Player will each announce two captain's selection at 10 a.m. ET on Monday morning. Among the candidates for the spots on Nicklaus' squad are Glover, Chris DiMarco, Davis Love III, John Rollins, Chad Campbell, Hunter Mahan, Brett Wetterich and Mark Calcavecchia.
Meanwhile, Player's first 10 team members reads like a who's who in professional golf, with each player currently ranked inside the top 25 on the Official World Golf Ranking. Ernie Els, Adam Scott, Vijay Singh, Geoff Ogilvy, K.J. Choi, Rory Sabbatini, Retief Goosen, Trevor Immelman, Angel Cabrera and Stuart Appleby have secured their spots in the event, which will take place on Sept. 27-30 at Royal Montreal Golf Club.
The only change to that list on Sunday was Appleby, who finished T-12, bumping recent riser Andres Romero from the final spot.
"It's a very interesting animal," Appleby said of the team competition. "I played well [two years ago]. Didn't win many matches, really, but I loved the way I played. I'll be taking that attitude into this year."
"I'm excited to play the next few weeks because I haven't been able to really compete much the last three months," said Mickelson, who shot 69 by making 17 pars and a birdie Sunday. "And I'm also excited about kind of having the season end a little bit earlier and being able to play some other events or take some time off."
Mickelson lamented the lost opportunities due to a wrist injury he suffered before the U.S. Open at Oakmont, where he missed the cut. He also missed the cut at the British Open. That came after a victory at the Players Championship in May that seemed to set him up for another run at challenging Tiger Woods.
"I consider the Players Championship to be a pretty special event, so that's kind of what salvaged the year for me is winning that," Mickelson said. "Winning that has still kind of made me look at the year very positively."
The other five players were all from Europe: Lee Westwood, Justin Rose, Paul Casey, Ian Poulter and Niclas Fasth.
Woods and Westwood have the longest streak of cuts in majors at six.