28-year-old Tony Finau has been confirmed at the just concluded BMW Championship on Monday as the final captain's pick for Team USA as Jim Furyk finalised his 12-man side for the Ryder Cup. After finishing second and a tie for fourth in the first two FedEx Cup playoff events, he ended up eighth at the BMW as he finished strong with a 5-under-par 65 in Monday's rain-delayed final round.
The Ryder Cup matches will be played September 28-30 at the Albatros Course of Le Golf National, just outside of Paris.
In the 2016 Ryder Cup, held at Hazeltine National, the United States team won 17-11.
"I'm so excited to be on the Ryder Cup team, and I can not wait to get to Paris", said Finau.
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"I liked what I saw", Furyk said of Finau's play on the French host layout. Furyk had known about Finau's prodigious length -Finau ranks third on the PGA Tour in driving distance, at 316.3 yards - but the captain walked away having watched a player who has plenty of game beyond his length.
Regardless of which player is chosen for the final spot, the US should have a strong team heading into Paris. "And I'm playing some good golf, some world class golf".
European captain Thomas Bjorn went with veterans for his four captain's picks, adding Henrik Stenson, Ian Poulter, Paul Casey and Sergio Garcia to a team that had five rookies qualify on points. Keegan Bradley won the tournament in a playoff and also was thought to be under consideration. Finau is top 15 on the PGA Tour this season in strokes gained, scoring average, birdies and eagles, so his profile looks pretty delectable for how a Ryder Cup is structured.
"Excited to join the team and do whatever it takes to help us bring home a victory!"