• The 33-year-old lost in a play-off at the Tour Championship
• Phil Mickelson admits leaving final pick so long 'a mistake'
RYAN MOORE | RYDER CUP
In-form Ryan Moore has been selected as the 12th and final member of Team USA’s Ryder Cup team.
The 33-year-old, who lost out in the fourth hole of a play-off against Rory McIlroy for the Tour Championship, has been rewarded for his superb recent form – meaning no place for two-time major winner and world No.7 Bubba Watson.
"The Ryder Cup was the farthest thing from my mind" - Ryan Moore
In his last six starts, Moore picked up a win at the John Deere Classic – the fifth of his career on the PGA Tour – as well as a T7 at the The Barclays and a T8 at the Deutsche Bank Championship, culminating with a runner-up finish at East Lake.
Speaking after his epic showdown against McIlroy, Ryan Moore said: “You know, to be honest, that was the farthest thing from my mind.
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“I was 100% trying to win a golf tournament today. I knew winning the FedExCup was a stretch. I needed a few right things to happen, which seemed to almost – it almost got there.”
Love was scheduled to make the announcement during half-time of the NFL match between the Chicago Bears and Dallas Cowboys. In light of the news regarding the passing of Arnold Palmer, the decision was made to not make the announcement then, but rather in a press release.
"It might have been a mistake to wait this long" - Phil Mickelson
As a result, USA has its ‘hot hand’ for Hazeltine – which they felt they missed out on in Billy Horschel at Gleneagles.
However, speaking after his completing his final round at East Lake, Phil Mickelson said it may have been a mistake leaving the final pick so late.
“It might have been a mistake to wait this long for the final pick, probably,” he said. “It's kind of hard to get all the gameplans and so forth in sync when the team is not quite finalised, but those are all little details.
“We wanted to make sure we got everybody that was playing their best.”
Watson and Justin Thomas – who both missed out – took to Twitter to congratulate Ryan Moore and wish their US compatriots the best of luck for the match.
— bubba watson (@bubbawatson) September 26, 2016
Congrats to Ryan on the last pick for @RyderCupUSA, much deserved. Hurts not being there, but pulling like crazy for team USA next week!
— Justin Thomas (@JustinThomas34) September 26, 2016
Ryan Moore :: A good addition?
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