It’s only been a matter of hours since Team USA’s captain Davis Love III named his final wildcard pick as Ryan Moore, the very man who lost the playoff to Rory McIlroy at last week’s Tour Championship. Love III, who skippered the US team in 2012, named Rickie Fowler, Matt Kuchar and JB Holmes as his other wildcard choices earlier this month. The selection of rookie Moore, number 42 in the world, is a surprise move leaving two-time Masters champion and world number seven Bubba Watson without a playing role on the team but appointing him vice-captain at the last minute instead.
Defending his decision, Love explains, “Ryan fits so well with what we have in place. He’s an easy-going, thoughtful guy, but don’t be fooled. Ryan’s a great match-play player with an incredible match-play record. He has guts and determination and everyone saw that on Sunday. We are thrilled to have him with us.”
Moore joins Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth, Phil Mickelson and the rest of the team at Hazeltine, Minnesota this week with the hope of beating Europe for the first time since 2006 in the highly anticipated tournament.
Meanwhile Rory McIlroy’s win on Sunday, pocketing the staggering US$10 million FedEx prize purse, cements his revived confidence in the game that was first seen during his incredible victory at the Deutsche Bank Championship at the beginning of September. McIlroy’s return to his winning ways is great timing in the run up to this week’s event giving a big boost to Team Europe’s chances in retaining the cup.
Captain Darren Clarke was delighted to witness McIlroy’s win in Atlanta, “Rory is a wonderful talent, he’s just a very gifted professional and it was great to see him come through in the manner he did,” he said. “He performed unbelievably well under the pressure there coming down the stretch so it was great to see from a European point of view.”
Team Europe have now flown out to the United States and so begins their bid to win a fourth successive Ryder Cup.
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