Tiger, Lefty highlight U.S. Ryder Cup qualifiers

Tiger Woods hits off the sixth tee during the third round of the 94th PGA Championship at the Ocean Course.
Tiger Woods hits off the sixth tee during the third round of the 94th PGA Championship at the Ocean Course. ( Getty Images )

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. - The PGA of America has announced that the first eight berths have been solidified on the U.S. Ryder Cup squad, with the final automatic berths becoming confirmed at the end of play at the PGA Championship on Sunday.

These eight players will compete against Europe at Medinah (Ill.) Country Club on Sept. 28-30, with captain Davis Love III set to make the other four captain's picks on Sept. 4.

Tiger Woods, making his seventh Ryder Cup appearance

Bubba Watson, second-straight Ryder Cup

Jason Dufner, first Ryder Cup

Keegan Bradley, first Ryder Cup

Webb Simpson, first Ryder Cup

Zach Johnson, third Ryder Cup

Matt Kuchar, second-straight Ryder Cup

Phil Mickelson, ninth-straight Ryder Cup (U.S. team record for consecutive appearances and most all-time appearances)