The 12th and final member of the U.S. Ryder Cup team is Ryan Moore, as announced Sunday night on Sunday Night Football by broadcaster Mike Tirico.
Moore finished second at the Tour Championship Sunday, losing a four-hole playoff to Rory McIlroy at East Lake. Nonetheless, his recent form made Moore’s case, as the 33-year-old won the John Deere Classic in August before multiple top-10 finishes in the FedEx Cup Playoffs.
“Ryan fits so well with what we have in place,” said Captain Davis Love. “He’s an easy-going, thoughtful guy, but don’t be fooled, Ryan’s a great match-play player with an incredible match-play record. He has guts and determination, and everyone saw that today. We are thrilled to have him with us.”
Many pundits picked Bubba Watson, Justin Thomas or Daniel Berger as favorites for the final selection from Love, as those three players made an off-week trip to Hazeltine National just last week.
It was Moore who brought a good string of golf to Atlanta, however. It will be the first Ryder Cup of his career, as he joins Brooks Koepka as the only other rookie on the American team. The Ryder Cup begins Friday morning at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minn.