Curtis Clinches Spot On Ryder Cup Team

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Sunday, August 10, 2008. (AP) -- Ben Curtis got a good consolation prize for his runner-up finish in the PGA Championship. It earned him his first trip to the Ryder Cup.

Three of the eight Americans who've earned automatic berths will be Ryder Cup rookies -- Anthony Kim, Boo Weekley and Curtis.

Justin Leonard finished sixth and will play in the Ryder Cup for the first time since he holed that 45-foot birdie putt on the 17th hole at Brookline to cap off the largest rally in history in 1999.

Phil Mickelson, Stewart Cink, Kenny Perry and Jim Furyk also earned Ryder Cup spots.

U.S. captain Paul Azinger will announce his four captain's picks on September 2nd. Europe still has three tournaments left before 10 players qualify, and captain Nick Faldo will have two picks after that.

The Ryder Cup will be played September 19th through the 21st at Valhalla Golf Club in Kentucky.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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