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Tickets available for Ryder Cup Gala

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Weren't fortunate enough to get a ticket for the 2012 Ryder Cup at Medinah Country Club?

You weren't alone.

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But if you're still interested in seeing both teams in person, along with the band Chicago and even U.S. team ambassador Justin Timberlake, the 39th Ryder Cup Gala -- and all of its red-carpet glitziness -- is your next best chance.

Tickets are available for the Gala, which will be held Sept. 26 at the Akoo Theatre in Rosemont.

"We are very excited to celebrate the 39th Ryder Cup with this Gala event, which will provide guests with a one-of-a-kind experience," said 2012 Ryder Cup Director Michael Belot. "It will be an unforgettable evening celebrating global golf, the Chicagoland area and all things Ryder Cup.

"This is a high-demand event, so I would encourage all interested fans to purchase their tickets today and secure their spot at the Gala."

Tickets range in price from $200 to $300 and are available at Ticketmaster.com or by calling (800) 745-3000.

Playoff payoff:

Since the inception of the FedEx Cup playoffs in 2007, U.S. teams have performed exceedingly well in both the Ryder Cup (2-1) and the Presidents Cup (3-0).

Phil Mickelson says it's no coincidence.

"The playoffs have really helped the U.S. players be sharp mentally and have our game sharp," Mickelson said at the media day for The Barclays, the first of the four playoff events. The FedEx Cup has forced us to really prepare and practice for the four events following the PGA Championship; where often times in the past, we have taken a bit of a break."

The final countdown:

With less than two weeks to go before eight of the players on the 2012 U.S. Ryder Cup Team are determined, Tiger Woods remains in the No. 1 spot in the standings.

The United States points system determines the eight players for the 2012 U.S. team on Aug. 12, at the conclusion of the PGA Championship at Kiawah Island Golf Resort.

U.S. captain Davis Love III will select the remaining four players Sept. 4.

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