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

Tony Finau named to United States' Ryder Cup team, a first for a native Utahn Finau earns final USA wild card selection for Ryder Cup
Cary Erickson | 13 September, 2018, 11:29

Tony Finau will be the first native Utahn to play in the prestigious Ryder Cup matches when he represents the United States in the biennial event later this month in France.

The 28-year-old's place was announced after he finished tied for eighth at the BMW Championship in Philadelphia. As soon as Xander Schaufelle failed to win the BMW Championship yesterday - coming third behind victor Keegan Bradley- his selection as the fourth pick following Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Bryson DeChambeau was entirely obvious.

Captain Furyk chose Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, and Bryson DeChambeau as his first three picks on September 4.

The eight Americans who qualified on their own were Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Rickie Fowler, Bubba Watson, Webb Simpson and Patrick Reed.

Finau had been expected to get the 12th and final spot on the Ryder Cup team based on his overall play, particularly of late.

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"I've still got goosebumps", Finau said. 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. "I'm excited to add him to the team". Yet he has played so well in top-tier events this year that he seems likely to win multiple times in the future, and that's where the Ryder Cup experience will come into play.

Finau was one of a handful of US players who joined Furyk on a trip to Le Golf National in July, prior to the Open Championship. "I can play with anyone. And I'm playing some good golf, some world-class golf".

Furyk had some options with his final pick. And I let the guys on the team know that I'd be a great pick and I'd be ready to go.

Xander Schauffele, from California, who finished tied for third in the BMW, had also been considered a possible wild card.

Finau's Ryder Cup opportunity is historic for the Utah golf community.