SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Sports) – U.S. Ryder Cup Captain Jim Furyk named Tony Finau as the final player to the team that will face Europe in the 42nd Ryder Cup September 28-30 at La Golf National in France.
Finau has 11 top-10 finishes this season, the most on the PGA Tour. He’s the first Utah-born player to make the Ryder Cup team.
“I’ve still got goosebumps,” Finau said after receiving a phone call from the US Captain. “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. I got the goosebumps when he told me, and I’m excited to add my skills and talent to the team.”
This will be Finau’s first Ryder Cup, joining fellow rookies Justin Thomas, the 2017 PGA champion, and Bryson DeChambeau.
“What an unbelievable body of work this year,” Furyk said of Finau. “All the top-10 finishes, the play in the big championships and the majors, and then the current form, with a second, a fourth and an eighth (in the FedEx Cup Playoffs). He checked a lot of boxes and made it impossible not to pick him. I’m excited to add him to the team. Tony played well in big moments this year.”
Furyk’s first three captain’s picks were DeChambeau, a two-time winner in the FedEx Cup Playoffs, Phil Mickelson, and Tiger Woods.
They join eight players who made the team via points on August 12: 2018 US Open and PGA champion Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson, Thomas, 2018 Masters champion Patrick Reed, Bubba Watson, Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler, and Webb Simpson.
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. He relishes the opportunity to be part of a team.
“I grew up playing team sports, and I know what it’s like to be on a team,” he said. “I also played on two Junior Ryder Cup teams. I’m a great team player – what I mean by that, there won’t be any locker room noise with me. 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. I’m pretty easy to play with. And I’m playing some good golf, some world class golf.
“To me, to be a member of the Ryder Cup team – a dream of mine – is really humbling and satisfying. I’ve spoken to my dad and my wife, the people that have supported me, and it’s an incredible feeling. It’s humbling.”