LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Poor John Daly.
For a half-century or more, winning the PGA Championship in a Ryder Cup year meant an automatic spot on the U.S. team. That ended in 1991, which happened to be the year Daly won the PGA Championship at Crooked Stick as the ninth alternate.
He remains the only American professional to win two majors without every playing in the Ryder Cup.
The criteria has evolved over the years, but one thing has remained: The PGA can go a long way in deciding to makes the U.S. team — and who doesn't. Two years ago, Hunter Mahan was No. 9 in the standings and missed the cut at Kiawah Island. He was not among the four captain's picks. Brett Wetterich had the final spot in 2006 and missed the cut, and no one was able to pass him.
Here are five players who made the most out of the PGA Championship to earn a spot in the Ryder Cup:
5. LARRY NELSON
Larry Nelson made his debut in the Ryder Cup in 1979 by winning all five matches he played, a feat no other American has matched. Two years later, he won the PGA Championship to get on the team and went 4-0 in the Ryder Cup. His prospects looked bleak in 1987 when he wasn't among the top 20 in the Ryder Cup standings going into the final major of the year.
He closed with a 72 in tough conditions at PGA National to force a playoff with Lanny Wadkins, and then beat Wadkins with a par on the first extra hole. The victory made him an automatic selection to the team. Wadkins, the runner-up, also earned enough points to qualify.
"This is the second time I've made the team at the last minute by winning the PGA," he said. "I think we have a very good team and I'm very happy to be back on it."
Be careful what you wish for. Nelson, who had been 9-0 in the matches, went 0-3-1 as the Americans lost for the first time at home.
4. DAVID TOMS
David Toms was 13th in the Ryder Cup standings going into the 2001 PGA Championship, trailing Ryder Cup veterans Jim Furyk and Brad Faxon.
He took a captain's pick out of the equation when he set the major championship record with a 265, making a par from the 18th fairway at Atlanta Athletic Club to beat Phil Mickelson by one shot.
It was his first Ryder Cup, though it would have to wait. The Sept. 11 terrorist attacks three weeks later wound up postponing the matches by one year. His partner for the 2002 matches at The Belfry? Mickelson, the man he beat to a major. Toms went 3-1-1 in his Ryder Cup debut, beating Sergio Garcia in singles in a U.S. loss.