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Phil Mickelson holds last Ryder spot

Updated: August 8, 2012, 9:25 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. -- Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III has a simple message for the Americans trying to earn one of the eight automatic spots on his team this week at the PGA Championship.

Relax.

He knows from experience it's not that simple.

Phil Mickelson, who has qualified for every Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup team since 1995, has fallen to No. 8 in the standings and has a tenuous lead -- the equivalent of $40,690 -- over Hunter Mahan at No. 9. A little further back are ...

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