Tony Finau made sure there was no suspense when it came time for U.S. Ryder Cup captain Jim Furyk to choose the 12th and final member of the team, and was named to that last spot on Monday after the conclusion of the BMW Championship.
Finau, 28, who will play in his first Ryder Cup, tied for eighth at the BMW Championship, continuing an already consistent year. He has posted 11 top-10 finishes going into the Tour Championship at East Lake starting Sept. 20, including fifth in the U.S. Open, tied for ninth in the British Open and 10th at the Masters.
In three FedExCup playoff events, Finau carded scores in the 60s all 12 rounds and went a combined 42 under par.
"He has an unbelievable body of work this year," Furyk said in a release from the PGA of America. "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."
Finau, who is ranked No. 17 in the world, called his selection "a dream come true for me.
"I got the goose bumps when he told me," he said. "I'm excited to add my skills and talent to the team, a team that's stacked already. Hopefully I bring something to the team that can help us bring that Cup back."
The Ryder Cup begins Sept. 28 in Paris.
Keegan Bradley comes from Vermont, up New England way, so he received a number of reminders from Aronimink fans this weekend of the most recent Super Bowl champion.
"I heard a lot from the Philly crowd," said the winner of the BMW Championship. "A lot of '41-33' yells, a lot of Eagles chants. They deserve it, though. They haven't won as many as the Patriots, so they've got to celebrate a little more when they win the Super Bowl."
The hope before the tournament was that Aronimink could show its true colors by playing firm and fast. The plentiful rain made that impossible and the world's best players put up some amazing numbers.
The course played to a stroke average Monday of 68.912, the highest of the week on the par-70 course, with the overall number for four days coming in at 67.880. Out of 275 scores posted, 205 of them were under par. Only 42 rounds all week were over par.
Of Aronimink, Bradley said, "Everybody loved it."
"They got a little unlucky with the weather, obviously," he said. "The conditions were soft so the scores were lower. But it's a great golf course, good old-school course. I didn't hear one negative thing about it. Everybody loved it. It was just a joy to play. The fans were great. It was a really, really fun week here."