Rory McIlroy could have easily mailed it in after starting Friday outside the top 100 at the Barclays. After a bogey-free 65 in Round 2, he clearly has no plans to exit the playoff opener early, writes ESPN.com's Bob Harig.
It has been rare of late to see Rory McIlroy's name anywhere but the top of the leaderboard, but the reigning Open Championship and PGA Championship winner was far from his impressive standard, shooting 74 at the Barclays on Thursday.
Despite his recent poor form and injuries, Tiger Woods is not being ruled out for the U.S. Ryder Cup team. In fact, captain Tom Watson said Monday morning that a lot of that decision will come down to Woods.
Phil Mickelson played his way onto his 10th U.S. Ryder Cup team by finishing second at the PGA Championship on Sunday, moving to the fifth spot among the nine automatic qualifiers who were determined at the end of the tournament.
Rickie Fowler and Phil Mickelson were critical of a PGA decision to allow Rory McIlroy and Bernd Wiesberger to hit approach shots on the 18th hole while Fowler and Mickelson were still playing the hole near the green.