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Brian Harman motivated to earn his spot on the Ryder Cup team

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Brian Harman is coming off his best season on the PGA Tour — winning the Wells Fargo Championship, taking the 54-hole lead in the U.S. Open and finishing runner-up for his best result in a major, and finally making it to the Tour Championship.

The letdown occurred immediately after the season when he didn't make the Presidents Cup team. Harman had only one top-10 finish, and one other finish in the top 20, after the U.S. Open and wound up 12th in the standings.

He approaches the biggest part of this season at No. 10 in the Ryder Cup standings, a chance for redemption.

"I would be lying if I said I wasn't thinking about it a lot," Harman said Tuesday ahead of the Wells Fargo Championship. "The team stuff has always really kind of excited me. I love match play. It's just a different kind of golf. I feel like I've done pretty well in match play, and it's definitely on my radar. It's something I've really circled this year, and I'm trying my best to qualify for the team."

Harman made his debut in the Dell Technologies Match Play this year and beat Rory McIlroy, 5 and 3, to win his group. He had a tight match against eventual winner Bubba Watson until losing on the 17th hole.

Harman defends his title at Wells Fargo on a different golf course, but one that is still familiar.

He holed a 30-foot birdie putt on the final hole at Eagle Point in Wilmington to beat Dustin Johnson and Pat Perez. Quail Hollow hosted the PGA Championship last year, where Harman tied for 13th. He also tied for 10th in 2013 at Quail Hollow.

"I've had a nice year, a bunch of top 10s," Harman said. "But when you come back as the defending champ and you don't have any other wins ... it's been a year since I've won a tournament, so that's high on my list."