Tony Finau receives Jim Furyk's final US Ryder Cup wildcard pick

Finau awarded Ryder Cup debut at Le Golf National following stellar PGA Tour season 

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Mon, 10 Sep 2018

Tony Finau has been handed the final wildcard pick by captain Jim Furyk in the United States Ryder Cup team to face Europe at Le Golf National from September 28 to 30. 

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Furyk made the announcement following the final day's play at the weather-delayed BMW Championship won by Keegan Bradley.

Finau, who will make his debut in the Ryder Cup at the age of 28, only has one PGA Tour title to his name coming at the 2016 Puerto Rico Open, but he has performed admirably on Tour this season with six top-10 finishes since tying for fifth at the US Open in June.

He also has every chance of winning the season-long FedEx Cup as he sits fourth heading into the Tour Championship at East Lake next week.

The big-hitting American is now up to a career-high 15th in the world rankings following a third consecutive top-eight finish. 

 

Finau joins Tiger Woods, Bryson DeChambeau and Phil Mickelson as Furyk's wildcard picks.

“I’ve still got goosebumps,” said Finau. “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.

“It’s something that’s very, very special for me,” Finau said. “This is right at the top of my career. I don’t think anything in my career could trump playing my way onto the Ryder Cup team.”

Xander Schauffele, who finished 12th in qualifying, believed that he needed at least a win at the BMW to get Furyk’s attention. Playing in the final group Monday, Schauffele missed a 20-footer on the final green that would have put him in a three-man playoff.

Finau will be the third rookie in the US Ryder Cup side alongside DeChambeau and Justin Thomas.

Thomas Bjorn's European lineup features five rookies in Jon Rahm, Tyrrell Hatton, Tommy Fleetwood, Thorbjorn Olesen and Alex Noren.

The Americans haven't won an away Ryder Cup since 1993.