You have to think Jim Furyk saved one of the best for last.
No one will argue with the pick, basically, Tony Finau has earned this, earned the fourth and final captain’s pick for the 2018 U.S. Ryder Cup team.
Furyk chose Finau Monday afternoon following the rainy, wet and chilly end to the BMW Championship, but this pick will warm a lot of hearts.
“I’ve still got goosebumps,” Finau said. “I’m just ecstatic. I don’t know if I can really put it into words. All the emotions that come with accomplishing something like that … man, it’s a dream come true for me.”
Finau was introduced as the 12th member of the team after his closing round 65 that earned him another top 10 — a tie for eighth with the likes of Tiger Woods, Tommy Fleetwood, Rickie Fowler and Francesco Molinari — strong company.
Furyk was to the point when he talked about his pick:
“He checked a lot of boxes and made it impossible not to pick him,” Furyk said.
“It’s something that’s very, very special for me,” Finau said. “This is right at the top of my career. I don’t think anything in my career could trump playing my way onto the Ryder Cup team.”
There was plenty of competition for the spot. Xander Schauffele made a run at it that included a tie for third on Monday in the BMW, finishing a shot away from making it a three-man playoff with Justin Rose and winner Keegan Bradley. Bradley had to get some consideration as well, considering his comeback this season that has featured a return to the form that made him a major champion and a Ryder Cup player.