Tony Finau added to US Ry­der Cup team as cap­tain’s pick

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NEW­TOWN SQUARE, Pa. (AP) — Tony Finau has been named to the Ry­der Cup team, the fi­nal pick by U.S. cap­tain Jim Furyk.

Finau joins Bryson DeCham­beau, Phil Mick­el­son and Tiger Woods as Furyk’s four wild-card selec­tions. Finau has 11 top-10s this sea­son, in­clud­ing three in ma­jors.

“There won’t be any locker room noise with me,” Finau said Mon­day. “I can play with any­one. I feel that my per­son­al­ity is just that way. I can bring the best out of dif­fer­ent guys play­ing with them, and them the same to me. I’m pretty easy to play with. And I’m play­ing some good golf, some world-class golf.”

His ap­peal is that he makes a lot of birdies, which is crit­i­cal in match play. He was paired with Furyk the first two days at the PGA Cham­pi­onship, and strug­gled in the open­ing round be­fore he tied a cham­pi­onship record by mak­ing 10 birdies in the sec­ond round.

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

Eight au­to­matic qual­i­fiers were set af­ter the PGA Cham­pi­onship, so the start of the FedEx Cup play­offs was ef­fec­tively an au­di­tion. Af­ter his top-5 fin­ishes in the first two events, Finau shot a fi­nal-round 65 on Mon­day to tie for eighth at the BMW Cham­pi­onship while Xan­der Schauf­fele, mak­ing a late run at a pick, fin­ished one shot out of a play­off.

The Ry­der Cup team in­cludes three rook­ies (Finau, DeCham­beau and Justin Thomas) and nine ma­jor cham­pi­ons.

The matches are Sept. 28-30 out­side Paris. 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. Throw in Woods and Mick­el­son, and that gives the U.S. team a lineup that has com­bined for 31 ma­jors.

That doesn’t mean as much in four­somes and four­balls, on a Euro­pean course be­fore the singing and chant­ing of Euro­peans fans.

Euro­pean cap­tain Thomas Bjorn went with vet­er­ans for his four cap­tain’s picks, adding Henrik Sten­son, Ian Poul­ter, Paul Casey and Ser­gio Gar­cia to a team that had five rook­ies qual­ify on points.

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