The final Ryder Cup captain’s pick is in…
If your money was on Jim Furyk selecting himself with his final captain’s pick, sorry. On a more serious note, if you wagered on Kevin Kisner or Xander Schauffele getting the nod, sorry again; Captain Furyk made his final selection after play wrapped at the soggy BMW Championship, and in making his choice he, well, chose the man most expected him to choose: Tony Finau.
Finau joins Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, and Bryson DeChambeau as the four wildcard selections on a U.S. squad that will be seeking its first “road win” since 1993.
“He has an unbelievable body of work this year,” said Furyk. “All those top-10 finishes, the play in big championships and the Majors, and then his current form, a second, a fourth and an eighth in the playoffs. He checked a lot of boxes and made it impossible not to pick him.”
For his part, the 12th man said this: “I’ve still got goosebumps…I’m just ecstatic. I don’t know if I can really put it into words.”
In terms of recency, Finau fired a final-round 65 at the BMW Championship to finish tied for eighth. His 11th top-10 finish is tied for the most on the PGA Tour this season. Currently third in the FedEx Cup standings, Finau finished inside the top 10 in three major championships. (T-10/Masters, 5th/U.S. Open, T-9/Open Championship). His second-place finish at last month’s Northern Trust–after which he suggested it would be difficult for Furyk not to select him–was his third runner-up finish of the season.
The No. 17 golfer in the Official World Golf Ranking, Finau is third on the PGA Tour in driving distance (316.3 yards). He’s also 11th in birdie average (4.11).
The 42nd Ryder Cup will be contested Sept. 28-30 at Le Golf National in Paris, France.
The final Captain’s Pick is in. Welcome to the team, !
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