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Jason Dufner's Ryder Cup chance drops following withdrawal at PGA Championship

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Jason Dufner's Ryder Cup chance drops following withdrawal at PGA Championship
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Jason Dufner dropped to ninth on the U.S. Points List after Zach Johnson made the cut at the PGA Championship.(USA TODAY Sports Images)

By Joseph Demling

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- The Ryder Cup hopes for Jason Dufner are looking very slim.

The defending PGA champion withdrew on Thursday because of his ongoing neck injury and on Friday was passed by Zach Johnson on the U.S. points list.

Dufner is now sitting at No. 9 on the list after Johnson, who made the cut and will collect more than the 27 points he needs to pass him on the list.

The top nine players after Sunday's final round at Valhalla Golf Club are on the Ryder Cup team. Bubba Watson, Jim Furyk, Jimmy Walker, Rickie Fowler and Matt Kuchar have already locked up spots on the team.

Jordan Spieth, who sits at No. 6, missed the cut but should have enough points to make the team, while Patrick Reed is seventh and Johnson eighth. Reed was just inside the cut line at 1-over this week.

No. 10 Phil Mickelson is three shots out of the lead, while No. 11 Keegan Bradley missed the cut along with No. 14 Chris Kirk and No. 15 Web Simpson.

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