The 33-year-old, who won the John Deere Classic earlier this season, has been in great form while compiling four top-10 finishes in his last six starts. This will be Moore’s first Ryder Cup, but he had a glimmering amateur record in match-play.
The news did not shock many after watching Moore give McIlroy all he could handle on Sunday at East Lake in four additional holes, but the pick means Bubba Watson missed the cut.
Despite entering the week as the world number seven, Watson has struggled since the spring and some have called into question his ability to play as part of a team.
Justin Thomas’ name was also thrown into the ring because of his length off the tee, easy-going nature and ability to make birdies in bunches. But ultimately, Love went with the more subdued and safe choice in Moore.
Congrats to Ryan on the last pick for @RyderCupUSA, much deserved. Hurts not being there, but pulling like crazy for team USA next week!; Justin Thomas (@JustinThomas34) September 26, 2016
Moore joins Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Brandt Snedeker, Matt Kuchar, Phil Mickelson, Zach Johnson, Rickie Fowler, J.B. Holmes, Patrick Reed, Jordan Spieth and Jimmy Walker on the U.S. squad.
The competition begins Friday at Hazeltine National in Minnesota.