Moore loses play-off but wins final Ryder Cup wild card

Ryan Moore impressed US Ryder Cup captain Davis Love with a clutch 10-foot putt at the first play-off hole to avoid early defeat.
Ryan Moore impressed US Ryder Cup captain Davis Love with a clutch 10-foot putt at the first play-off hole to avoid early defeat.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE- PRESSE

EAST LAKE • Ryan Moore was named the final member of the United States Ryder Cup team on Sunday, a consolation prize after he lost a play-off two hours earlier at the Tour Championship.

His clutch putting under pressure at the PGA Tour's season-ending event did enough to impress captain Davis Love, who rounded out his team with his fourth and final wildcard pick for this week's contest against Europe.

Moore was one of a string of players, also including Bubba Watson, Justin Thomas and Daniel Berger, who arrived at the Tour Championship in the running for the final berth on the American team.

Nobody did more to impress Love than Moore, who sank a clutch 10-foot putt at the first play-off hole to stave off defeat, before finally succumbing to Rory McIlroy three holes later.

"Ryan fits so well with what we have in place," Love said in a statement. "He's an easy-going, thoughtful guy, but don't be fooled, Ryan's a great matchplay player with an incredible matchplay record.

"He has guts and determination, and everyone saw that today. We are thrilled to have him with us."

Although he will be making his Ryder Cup debut at Hazeltine, Moore is no stranger to representing his country, as he has played in the Walker Cup, Palmer Cup and the World Amateur Team Championship during his career.

Love earlier selected Rickie Fowler, J.B. Holmes and Matt Kuchar as his first three picks.

The eight automatic US qualifiers, confirmed after last month's Barclays tournament, are: Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth, Phil Mickelson, Patrick Reed, PGA Championship winner Jimmy Walker, Brooks Koepka, Brandt Snedeker and Zach Johnson.

The selection of Moore means twice Masters champion Watson, the world No. 7, will be absent from Hazeltine.

Watson, Thomas and Berger accepted an invitation on Sept 18 to visit Hazeltine. Moore was also invited, but declined, saying he wanted to focus on the Tour Championship, a decision that Love appears to have respected.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 27, 2016, with the headline 'Moore loses play-off but wins final Ryder Cup wild card'. Print Edition | Subscribe