UTAHNS IN SPORTS
Finau Chosen As Final Pick For USA Ryder Cup Team
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – U.S. Ryder Cup captain Jim Furyk selected Utah’s own Tony Finau as the final captain’s pick for this year’s Ryder Cup. Finau made the announcement in a video posted on the Ryder Cup USA’s official Twitter account.
The final Captain’s Pick is in. Welcome to the team, @tonyfinaugolf!#GoUSA pic.twitter.com/7YaU3q7m7n
— Ryder Cup USA (@RyderCupUSA) September 10, 2018
The 28-year old Finau has been having a career year on the PGA Tour, with 11 top-10 finishes this season. That ties Dustin Johnson for most on the Tour. Of the 11 top-10 finishes, three were in major tournaments.
His selection to the Ryder Cup team by team captain Jim Furyk makes Finau the first native Utahn to make an appearance in the Ryder Cup.
“He has an unbelievable body of work this year,” Furyk said to the Associated Press of Finau. “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.”
The West High graduate joins Johnson, Rickie Fowler, Bubba Watson, Bryson DeChambeau, Brooks Koepka, Phil Mickelson, Patrick Reed, Webb Simpson, Jordan Speith, Justin Thomas and Tiger Woods on the American squad.
The group will take on the European team at Le Golf National in Paris, France, September 28-30, and be broadcast on KSL.
Finau Reacts to Ryder Cup Selection
KSL TV Sports’ Rod Zundel was at the Provo Airport Monday afternoon to greet Finau and to get his reaction on being the first native Utahn to be chosen for the U.S. Ryder Cup team.
“I’m extremely proud to be from Utah,” said Finau. “I love being from Utah. I love what we have to offer and what we represent. To be born and raised here, it’s a place I’m extremely proud to be from. A loving place and we have a lot to offer. To be able to show that to the world is pretty cool and I just couldn’t be more happy right now to be on that team.”