Tony Finau has been named to the Ryder Cup team, the final pick by U.S. captain Jim Furyk.
U.S. Ryder Cup Captain Jim Furyk named his 12th and final player on Monday, opting for long-hitting Tony Finau to round out the team that will face Europe in the 42nd Ryder Cup at Le Golf National outside Paris Sept. 28-30.
In Finau, who turns 29 on Sept. 14, Furyk added a powerful young player who has been in strong form during the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup Playoffs. Finau has 11 top-10 finishes this season, most on the PGA Tour.
“I’ve still got goosebumps,” Finau said after tying for eighth at the BMW Championship and receiving a phone call from the U.S. Captain. “I’m just ecstatic. I don’t know if I can really put it into words. All the emotions that come with accomplishing something like that … man, it’s a dream come true for me. 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.
“Hopefully I bring something to the team that can help us bring that Cup back.”
Finau will be competing in his first Ryder Cup, becoming the third rookie on the U.S. team, joining Justin Thomas, the 2017 PGA champion, and Bryson DeChambeau.
"What an unbelievable body of work this year," Furyk said of Finau. "All the top-10 finishes, the play in the big championships and the majors, and then the current form, with a second, a fourth and an eighth (in the FedEx Cup Playoffs). He checked a lot of boxes and made it impossible not to pick him. "I'm excited to add him to the team. Tony played well in big moments this year."
Finau had a chance to show off his talents up close for the captain at last month’s 100th PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis. Playing in a group with Furyk over the championship’s opening two rounds, Finau went out and made 10 birdies in Round 2, tying a PGA Championship record, shooting 66. 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.
At one point, Finau birdied seven of eight holes, bouncing back from a triple-bogey with birdies on his next two holes.
“He’s got a great head on his shoulders,” Furyk said.