U.S. Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III believes the addition of Ryan Moore to his team shows that the tweaks made to the selection process paid off.
Love was allowed to defer his fourth and final captain's pick to the hours after the season-ending Tour Championship, and he used it to select Moore, who lost a dramatic playoff at East Lake to Rory McIlroy. With several players in the mix for the final spot, Love noted that his choice went down to the wire.
"It was a painful process for us, because every shot, every putt, seemed to change the order of who was going to win the FedEx Cup and who was going to win the golf tournament," Love said Monday at Hazeltine. "We knew we were close, but we all just had to make the call. Once I got to talk to all the assistant captains, and we were all decisive, then we made the call."
Moore will join Brooks Koepka as a rookie on this year's team. While he doesn't boast any experience in the biennial event, he did win the 2004 U.S. Amateur and finished his season with four top-10 finishes in his last six starts, including a win at the John Deere Classic and playoff loss at the Tour Championship. Love stated that Moore was the "most consistent" player dating back to the PGA Championship and beyond, adding that he led in several statistical categories in recent weeks.
"In the end, we got the hottest player," Love said. "And that's what the whole system was set up for."