Finau completes U.S. Ryder Cup team

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After a week of speculation and Chinese whispers, which was further heightened by the rain delay at the BMW Championship, America captain Jim Furyk opted to select the big-hitting Tony Finau as his fourth pick.

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

Finau has won only one tournament on the PGA Tour, the 2016 Puerto Rico Open that was played opposite a World Golf Championship event.

Finau had been considered a hot favorite based on his strong recent form.

"He has an unbelievable body of work this year", Furyk said.

His place was announced after he finished tied for eighth at the BMW Championship in Philadelphia. He checked a lot of boxes and made it impossible not to pick him.

They have not won successive Ryder Cups since 1991 and 1993.


"I've still got goosebumps", Finau said after receiving a phone call from Furyk. I'm excited to add him to the team. Played good in big moments. It marked his 11th top-10 finish this season.

Finau joins Justin Thomas and Bryson DeChambeau as the three rookies on the US squad this time around to go along with a whole host of veterans.

Eight other United States players made the roster after last month's PGA Championship after a two-year qualifying period - Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Patrick Reed, Justin Thomas, Jordan Spieth, Webb Simpson, Rickie Fowler and Bubba Watson.

Regardless of which player is chosen for the final spot, the US should have a strong team heading into Paris.

Finau boosted his chances by joining a group that played at Le Golf National earlier this year.

Finau is of Samoan and Tongan heritage and chose to celebrate his Ryder Cup selection at an event in aid of the Tony Finau Foundation.

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