Phil Mickelson's career comes to an end after missing the cut on the US PGA. UU And now he needs the selection of a captain.

Phil Mickelson charged 71 and finished in four over par, missing the cut by four strokes

One of the most extraordinary feats of golf longevity came to an end on Saturday when Phil Mickelson missed the cut in the 100th PGA Championship in the United States.

The southpaw has played in every Ryder Cup since 1995 and, remarkably, qualified for the 11 by his own merits through the automatic venues.

Now, if that race will extend to a 12th appearance in Paris next month, the 48-year-old will have to rely on being the captain's choice.

Phil Mickelson charged 71 and finished in four over par, missing the cut by four strokes

Phil Mickelson charged 71 and finished in four over par, missing the cut by four strokes

The qualifying process for the American team comes to an end today and Mickelson, currently tenth in the standings with the first eight to arrive, was desperate to keep his career.

His amazing consistency for more than 20 years was one of the things he prided himself most.

After Friday's thunderstorms caused the second round to be completed yesterday morning, Mickelson came out with nine holes to finish and needing three birdies to make the cut.

He got one in 11 and now the odds seemed favorable on a perfect windless morning and the soft greens, but his desperation as the putts kept slipping became obvious, and it proved fatal in par-three 16, where he ran a double bogey

His disappointment was clear. Within 10 minutes of signing his scorecard, his locker had been cleared and he left the premises without comment.

The 48-year-old has qualified through the point system and played in all Ryder Cups since 1995

The 48-year-old has qualified through the point system and played in all Ryder Cups since 1995

The 48-year-old has qualified through the point system and played in all Ryder Cups since 1995

RUNNERS AND RYDERS

Time is running out for Ryder Cup heroes such as Sergio Garcia, Ian Poulter, Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods if they want to be lined up at Le Golf National in Paris on September 28.

After this weekend there are only three more events on the European Tour before Thomas Bjorn makes his captain's four selections on September 3.

The race for the eight automatic places in the American team ends at the end of the PGA Championship of the United States.

Jim Furyk, the American captain, chooses three wildcards on September 3 and a quarter after the BMW Championship on September 9.

The good news for him is that there is a high probability that he is a recipient of the generosity of Captain Jim Furyk. Furyk will name three of his four selections after a pair of FedEx Cup events on September 3, and the last one a week later. But it will annoy Mickelson that the certainty to which he is accustomed in terms of his place has been eliminated.

Seven of the eight automatic spaces are almost certainly reserved by Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Justin Thomas, Patrick Reed, Bubba Watson, Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler, but it promises to be a duel for the latter.

Webb Simpson is currently the occupant and arrived at the PGA weekend with successive rounds of 68 to guarantee more points. But a victory in the final race of the season for either of the first two midway, Gary Woodland or Kevin Kisner, would probably see him outdone.

The American team has three formidable and tested pairings in team play at Spieth-Reed, Thomas-Fowler and Johnson-Koepka. If Simpson does, he will play with Watson. Now it's up to Furyk to find four more players he can mix and match. Or, most likely, two players who can partner with Tiger Woods and Mickelson.

Like Tiger, Bryson DeChambeau, currently ninth, but without chances to climb a place after losing the cut, is a golf nerd and the two get along. Woods could also play with Thomas, while Mickelson played a lot with Fowler. In the last Presidents Cup, Mickelson also teamed up with Kisner with good results.

Woods, DeChambeau, Mickelson and Kisner are probably in the box-box, therefore, but four more Furyk will be watching the experienced Zach Johnson and Matt Kuchar, as well as the promising Tony Finau and Xander Schauffele. Clearly, there is a lot for the employer to chew.

Spanish Sergio Garcia missed his fifth consecutive court halfway through a major championship

Spanish Sergio Garcia missed his fifth consecutive court halfway through a major championship

Spanish Sergio Garcia missed his fifth consecutive court halfway through a major championship

As for the Europeans, their concerns are mainly focused on three old managers, Sergio GarcĂ­a, Paul Casey and Henrik Stenson. The Spaniard has added the Wyndham Championship this week in North Carolina to his calendar after losing his fifth consecutive cut in a major championship. You need to go reasonably well at the Wyndham simply to be among the first 125 competing in the first FedEx Cup play-off event.

Stenson played once every six weeks during June and July due to an elbow injury and has yet to handle it. He now played two weeks in a row and will defend his Wyndham title this week, but said he can not practice as he would like when he joined Garcia on the bench for the third and fourth rounds.

Casey is currently clinging to the last automatic point, but could be overtaken by Ian Poulter and Thorbjorn Olesen in form on Sunday.

That would leave three experienced players out of the top eight and all struggling, with three weeks of automatic qualification to leave. Would you spend three of four wild cards in a trio of out-of-shape veterans?

At the top of the order, open champion Francesco Molinari, Justin Rose, Tyrrell Hatton, Rory McIlroy, Tommy Fleetwood and Jon Rahm will not be outdone, but Swede Alex Noren still is not sure after becoming another to miss the cut in St. Louis

A lot to decide, then. Is it any wonder that Thomas Bjorn is waking up at 4 in the morning with many things in his head?

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