ATLANTA – U.S. Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III saw enough. Although Ryan Moore’s closing 64 didn’t lift him to victory at the Tour Championship, it likely secured him the final captain's pick on the American team next week at Hazeltine National.
Moore had been on the outside of the Ryder Cup hunt heading into the FedEx Cup Playoffs despite a victory at last month’s John Deere Classic, but top-10 finishes at the first two playoff stops put him in the running for Love’s final pick, which was announced Sunday night.
“Ryan fits so well with what we have in place,” Love said. “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.”
At East Lake, Moore began the final round two strokes back and quickly closed the gap with an outward nine of 31. He finished 72 holes tied with Rory McIlroy and Kevin Chappell and eventually lost to the Northern Irishman on the fourth extra hole.
Even after his runner-up finish, Moore – who declined to participate in Monday’s practice session at Hazeltine National after playing eight consecutive events – didn’t seem overly optimistic about his chances of making the team.
“I kind of thought I had to win this golf tournament, and I didn’t,” he said.
Moore, who was 20th on the U.S. points lists when the team was set after The Barclays in August, will join Brooks Koepka as Love’s only rookies at this week’s matches.