Finau gets final spot on U.S. Ryder Cup team

Tanya Simon
September 13, 2018

U.S. Ryder Cup captain Jim Furyk made Tony Finau his final wild-card pick Monday.

And that pick seems to be one of the toughest, coming down to either Tony Finau or Xander Schauffele.

Finau will play the Tour Championship next week in Atlanta, then he will be a part of the 12-man USA team that will play Europe in the Ryder Cup on September 28-30 in Paris.

"He has an unbelievable body of work this year", Furyk confirmed in a statement after the finish of the rain-delayed BMW Championship. "All those top-10 finishes, the play in big championships and majors, and his current form, a second, a fourth and an eighth in the [FedEx Cup] play-offs".

U.S. Ryder Cup team captain Jim Furyk made his final decision on Monday - one that many had seen coming.

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"I've still got goosebumps", Finau said. I'm excited to add him to the team.

The 28-year-old subsequently joins fellow wildcards Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Bryson DeChambeau in the country's 12-man team, which also features Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson, Patrick Reed, Justin Thomas, Bubba Watson, Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler and Webb Simpson. It marked his 11th top-10 finish this season. The team dominated the Ryder Cup last time around and might even be deeper this year, making the team a worthwhile play on the betting lines.

Finau, who turns 29 on Thursday, was invited by Furyk to play as part of a small group at Le Golf National on the weekend before the British Open.

Finau's stand-out performances in high-pressure and high-profile tournaments will put him in great stead for the pressure pit that is the Ryder Cup.

They join eight players who made the team via points on August 12: 2018 U.S. Open and PGA champion Brooks Koepka; Johnson; Thomas; 2018 Masters champion Patrick Reed; Bubba Watson; Jordan Spieth; Rickie Fowler; and Webb Simpson. "No matter how good your drive is, you've still got to roll them and still got to make putts, and I didn't putt very well today".

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