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Fowler falters, misses automatic Ryder Cup spot

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. —  Rickie Fowler lost his grip on the title late on Sunday in The Barclays at rugged Bethpage Black.

He also let slip out of his hands an automatic spot on the Ryder Cup team.

Fowler needed a solo third or better to bump Zach Johnson out of the automatic eight and was neck-and-neck with Patrick Reed at the top of the leaderboard for most of the sun-splashed day. But Fowler, who went 55 holes without making a bogey, made three bogeys and a double bogey in his last eight holes to drop down the leaderboard and out of the top 8 for the Ryder Cup. He finished with a 74 and in a tie for seventh, three shots behind the winning Reed.

That meant Zach Johnson remained in the top 8 for the U.S. squad and is joined by Reed, Jordan Spieth, Dustin Johnson, Jimmy Walker, Brooks Koepka, Phil Mickelson and Brandt Snedeker.

That leaves Fowler on the outside and now playing for one of Davis Love III’s four captain’s picks, along with leading contenders Bubba Watson, Matt Kuchar, J.B. Holmes and Jim Furyk. An outsider could make things interesting in the final…

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