Final US Ryder Cup Spot Down to Finau or Schauffele

Silvia Morton
September 13, 2018

The West High School Graduate and Lehi resident was the final pick for US captain Jim Furyk.

"We were looking for guys who had a great body of work all year". Schuaffele has top-six finishes at THE PLAYERS, U.S. Open, and The Open Championship this year, giving him more overall points. "He checked a lot of boxes and made it impossible not to go for him".

They join eight players who made the team via points on August 12: 2018 U.S. Open and PGA champion Brooks Koepka; Johnson; Thomas; 2018 Masters champion Patrick Reed; Bubba Watson; Jordan Spieth; Rickie Fowler; and Webb Simpson. "I'm in a position where I feel like a win is the only way I'd even be in consideration", Schauffele said.

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

U.S. Ryder Cup team captain Jim Furyk made his final decision on Monday - one that many had seen coming.

Given Europe's recent dominance in this event before its loss in 2016 and the fact that this year's event is being played in France, you could certainly make a case for taking Europe on the golf odds.

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Regardless of which player is chosen for the final spot, the USA should have a strong team heading into Paris.

Finau, who turns 29 on Thursday, was invited by Furyk to play as part of a small group at Le Golf National on the weekend before the British Open.

The Ryder Cup is now only a few weeks away from teeing off in Paris but the teams are still yet to be set.

"I grew up playing team sports, and I know what it's like to be on a team", he said.

Tony Finau plays his shot from the fourth tee during the third round of the BMW Championship golf tournament at Aronimink GC.

"Excited to join the team and do whatever it takes to help us bring home a victory!"

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