September 10, 2018 / 9:06 PM / 2 months ago

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

(Reuters) - Tony Finau was named by United States captain Jim Furyk on Monday as the final member of the team for this month’s Ryder Cup.

FILE PHOTO: Sep 8, 2018; Newtown Square, PA, USA; Tony Finau lines up a fairway bunker shot during the third round of the BMW Championship golf tournament at Aronimink GC. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Furyk did not pull any surprises when he chose Finau to round out his 12-man team for the Sept. 28-30 event against Europe in Paris.

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

The 28-year-old has not won on the PGA Tour, but had top-10s at three majors this year, and has played well during the current FedExCup playoffs.

The long-hitting world number 17 will be one of three rookies on the American team, along with Bryson DeChambeau and Justin Thomas.

“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.”

Finau said he was thrilled to join a Ryder Cup team that includes nine major champions.

“It’s a dream come true for me,” said Finau. “I got the goosebumps when he told me, and I’m excited to add my skills and talent to the team, a team that’s stacked already,” he said.

“Hopefully I bring something to the team that can help us bring that Cup back.”

U.S. TEAM

Brooks Koepka

Dustin Johnson

Justin Thomas

Patrick Reed

Bubba Watson

Jordan Spieth

Rickie Fowler

Webb Simpson

Tiger Woods

Phil Mickelson

Bryson DeChambeau

Tony Finau

Reporting by Andrew Both; Additional reporting by Rory Carroll; Editing by Ken Ferris

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