Ryder Cup 2016: Ryan Moore named as final US wildcard

Ryan Moore
Ryan Moore was named in the US team just three hours after missing out on the Tour Championship title in a play-off

Ryan Moore has been named as the final wildcard pick for the United States Ryder Cup team.

Moore, 33, was picked by captain Davis Love III after losing to Rory McIlroy in a play-off at the Tour Championship.

Love III, who skippered the US team beaten in 2012, named Rickie Fowler, Matt Kuchar and JB Holmes as his other wildcard choices on 12 September.

This year's Ryder Cup will take place at Hazeltine National in Minnesota from 30 September to 2 October.

Love III made the announcement during the half-time break of Sunday night's televised NFL match between Chicago Bears and Dallas Cowboys.

The selection of rookie Moore, who is the world number 42, means there is no place in the US Ryder Cup team for two-time Masters champion and world number seven Bubba Watson, 37.

"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," said Love.

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

Brooks Koepka is the only other rookie in the US team.

Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth, Phil Mickelson, Patrick Reed, Jimmy Walker, Brooks Koepka, Brandt Snedeker and Zach Johnson qualified automatically by making the top eight of the money list.

US wildcard picks

  • World number nine Fowler, 27, has failed to win any of his eight matches over two Ryder Cups
  • Kuchar, 38, won bronze in the Rio Olympics and is competing in his fourth Ryder Cup.
  • Holmes, 34, has only played in one Ryder Cup previously, helping the US to victory in 2008.
  • Moore, 33, has five Tour wins to his name but will be competing in his first Ryder Cup.

European captain Darren Clarke has named Lee Westwood, Martin Kaymer and rookie Thomas Pieters as his three wildcards.

United States team

Rickie Fowler*27USATwo044
JB Holmes*34USAOne201
Dustin Johnson32USATwo430
Zach Johnson40USAFour662
Brooks Koepka26USADebut---
Matt Kuchar*38USAThree452
Phil Mickelson46USATen16197
Patrick Reed26USAOne310
Brandt Snedeker35USAOne120
Jordan Spieth23USAOne211
Jimmy Walker37USAOne113
Ryan Moore33USADebut---


BBC golf correspondent Iain Carter

Two years ago the American team travelled to Scotland in the knowledge that they would not be fielding their strongest possible line-up.

At the time, the most in-form US player was Billy Horschel. He had not been selected because the team was picked before his late surge through the PGA Tour play-offs, culminating in Tour Championship victory at East Lake.

Chris Kirk was similarly inspired, winning the Deutsche Bank Championship, finishing fourth at the season finale and second to Horschel in the play-off standings. He too was absent from the American team.

The US have ensured they don't suffer a similar fate this time by introducing what is unofficially known as the "Horschel rule".

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