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THE BALTIMORE SUN

MAMARONECK, N.Y. -- The scoreboard watching at Winged Foot for today's final round will not solely have to do with who wins the 79th PGA Championship. At least not for those still in the running for this year's U.S. Ryder Cup team.

It will also have to do with who earns the last of 10 automatic spots for the 12-man team going to Valderrama in Spain next month, and who puts himself into contention or eliminates himself from consideration as one of captain Tom Kite's two picks.

Kite will introduce his choices at a news conference here tomorrow.

Asked if his list has changed in the past three days, Kite said, "Unfortunately it hasn't changed the number of players too much. It has changed the players. There are a couple of players that, unfortunately, did not play well this week. And with the fact that they haven't played well leading into this tournament, could enable me to not lean toward them."

Four-time Ryder Cup member and former captain Tom Watson might have played himself out of contention for a captain's pick by missing the cut, shooting 79 on Friday. Lee Janzen, who needed to win the tournament to possibly make the team, ruined his chances with 4-over par 74 yesterday.

Those still with a chance to make the team include Jeff Maggert, who came into the tournament 11th on the points list and is tied for fifth at 1-over, going into the final round. There is also David Duval, who was 15th on the points list and was also tied for fifth after 1-over 71 yesterday.

Then there is Kite himself. He came into the PGA Championship way back on the list, but a strong tournament has apparently confused the issue. Kite has played on seven Ryder Cups, and has an undefeated record in singles play (5-0-2). He is currently at even-par 210, seven behind the leaders.

Ryder Cup

Standings

The PGA Championship is the last tournament in which players can earn points toward making the Ryder Cup team. The PGA is a major with the following point totals: 1st-300; 2nd-180; 3rd-160; 4th-140; 5th-120; 6th-100; 7th-80; 8th-60; 9th-40; 10th-20. The top 10 in points plus two choices to be made by captain Tom Kite will make the team that will play in Valderrama, Spain, in September. The captain's choices will be announced at 8 a.m. tomorrow.

Pos. Player, Points

1. Tiger Woods, 1185.000

2. Tom Lehman, 1016.286

3. Justin Leonard, 888.500

4. Jim Furyk, 867.500

5. Phil Mickelson, 809.286

6. Mark O'Meara, 801.250

7. Brad Faxon, 727.500

8. Scott Hoch, 721.953

9. Tommy Tolles, 689.286

10. Davis Love III, 657.167

11. Jeff Maggert, 646.625

12. Steve Jones, 579.286

13. Mark Brooks, 549.750

14. Paul Stankowski, 503.333

15. David Duval, 470.000

16. Fred Couples, 458.036

17. Tom Watson, 433.667

18. Michael Bradley, 402.500

19. John Cook, 376.000

20. Kenny Perry, 372.500

21. Steve Stricker, 372.500

22. Jeff Sluman, 368.000

23. Mark Calcavecchia, 367.000

24. Scott McCarron, 344.167

25. Lee Janzen, 338.500

Pub Date: 8/17/97

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