LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Phil Mickelson picked up a small consolation Sunday after his runner-up finish in the PGA Championship. He extended his American record by qualifying for his 10th consecutive Ryder Cup team.
The PGA Championship was the final qualifying event for nine Americans to make the team that will face Europe late next month in Scotland.
Mickelson was on the outside going into the week, not wanting for Tom Watson to spend one of his three captain’s pick on him. He moved up to No. 5.
Masters champion Bubba Watson led the final points list. He was followed by Jim Furyk, Rickie Fowler, Jimmy Walker, Mickelson, Matt Kuchar, Jordan Spieth, Patrick Reed and Zach Johnson.
Jason Dufner fell out of the top nine.
SHOWER OF COMPLAINTS: Heavy rain at PGA Championship brought another round of player complaints about not being allowed to lift, clean and place their golf balls in soggy conditions.
Play was halted for 1 hour, 51 minutes Sunday in the final round at Valhalla Golf Club after an inch of rain fell in about 45 minutes, creating temporary ponds and streams that had workers scrambling to squeegee water from fairways and greens. Showers also forced an hour-long delay Friday morning in the second round.
In both instances, tournament officials decided not to allow players to use preferred lies, except when a ball came to rest in standing water. That didn’t sit well with some players, who struggled after play resumed.
“To me, it’s fair out there if you can play the ball up,” Graeme McDowell said. “The ball is picking up mud. ... Common sense has to prevail at some point.”
McDowell had just bogeyed the 16th hole and was in the fairway on 17 before the stoppage. He said the deluge left “casual water everywhere.”
McDowell went on to bogey the par 4 as well and finish the round with a 2-under 69 for a 1-under 283 total. He railed about the decision not to lift, clean and place, which hasn’t ever been allowed in a major championship. Tiger Woods has often said that if he were in charge and allowed to change one rule in the game, that would be it.
Ian Poulter followed a 32 on the front nine with a 40 on the back, including a triple-bogey 7 on the par-4 12th hole.
“They told us to stay in place on the 12th,” Poulter said, noting that the rain became heavier at that point, making the fairway barely visible. “I had to have a canoe to get in. I mean, come on.”