Tony Finau Named Final USA Ryder Cup Captain's Pick

Fitzpatrick became the youngest Englishman to claim five European Tour victories

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"Thanks for all the support", said Finau following the announcement. Keegan Bradley won the tournament in a playoff and also was thought to be under consideration.

Finau had been expected to get the 12th and final spot on the Ryder Cup team based on his overall play, particularly of late. The USA will try to win back-to-back Ryder Cups for the first time since 1993 when they square off against the Europeans in France.

Being included in the high-profile competition is a major breakthrough for Finau, who will turn 29 on Friday and is completing his fourth season on the PGA Tour. Finau is ranked third on the FedEx Cup standings after an incredibly consistent season on the PGA Tour, with three runner-up finishes and 11 top 10 finishes this season.

"He has an unbelievable body of work this year", Furyk confirmed in a statement after the finish of the rain-delayed BMW Championship.

Finau is of Samoan and Tongan heritage and chose to celebrate his Ryder Cup selection at an event in aid of the Tony Finau Foundation.

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Tiger Woods, a 14-time major champion back on form after spinal fusion surgery, was named a captain's pick last week along with left-hander Phil Mickelson and Bryson DeChambeau. Played good in big moments.

The matches are September 28-30 outside Paris.

Tony Finau has been granted the last golden ticket. On Monday, when he got his Ryder Cup call, one of the first things Tony wanted to do was to call his father, Kelepi. "To me, to be a member of the Ryder Cup team - a dream of mine - is really humbling and satisfying".

"Excited to join the team and do whatever it takes to help us bring home a victory! It's one of his goals, so we're going to do our best to accomplish that".

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