The PGA of America’s changed Ryder Cup qualifying procedures allowed U.S. captain Davis Love III the chance to add a player surging at the end of the PGA Tour season, unlike two years ago when Billy Horschel won the FedEx Cup playoffs’ final two events and was left off the team because it had already been finalized.
On Sunday, Love used the new rules to make Ryan Moore his 12th and final player, doing so mere hours before his team gathers in Chaska for this week’s event against Europe.
An accomplished match-play competitor who won the 2004 U.S. Amateur Public Links at Rush Creek in Maple Grove, Moore lost a four-hole playoff to Rory McIlroy at Sunday’s Tour Championship finale in Atlanta. He has nine top-10 finishes this season, four of them in the past six weeks. Included was a John Deere Classic victory in August.
“Ryan fits so well with what we have in place,” Love said in a statement Sunday night. “He has guts and determination, and everyone saw that today.”
Moore, 33, will play in his first Ryder Cup. In selecting him, Love passed over No. 7 world-ranked Bubba Watson and 23-year-olds Justin Thomas and Daniel Berger, among others.