Ryan Moore became captain Davis Love III‘s final pick for his Ryder Cup roster after losing a hard fought Tour Championship playoff. Moore succumbed to Rory McIlroy — but not before he made McIlroy, the new Tour and FedEx Cup champion, sink a long birdie putt on the fourth extra hole. Moore seemed out of the match after an ill-advised chip, but reached deep to force McIlroy to rise to the occasion. The two will be on opposite sides again as the Ryder cup kicks off on October 2 at Hazeltine in Minnesota.
Love said he chose Moore because he’s “a great match-play player with an incredible match-play record.” Plus, Moore has “guts and determination,” according to Love (and every Tour Championship spectator). The US has needed those two qualities in international play lately. Moore will be the only Ryder Cup rookie on the American team. Veteran Phil Mickelson has the deepest experience of any American team member with a 16-19-7 record.