Rain at Aronimink Golf Club is making a mess not just for the PGA Tour, but the PGA of America as well. The association has cancelled a scheduled 9 a.m. Monday press conference in which Jim Furyk was going to announce his fourth and final captain’s pick for the U.S. Ryder Cup team that will play in France later this month.
The pick was set up to be made after the finish of the BMW Championship, but wet weather had caused the final round of the tournament to be pushed into Monday.
In a statement, the PGA of America said it will now announce Furyk’s last pick via social media and a press release at the conclusion of tournament, presumably late Monday.
Last week, Furyk selected Bryson DeChambeau, Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods with his first three picks. Conventional wisdom made that Tony Finau the expected fourth pick after his performance in major championships in 2018 and most recently in the FedEx Cup playoffs. However, the performance of Xander Schauffele at the BMW, in which he is tied for second entering the final round at Aronimink, has some wondering whether a victory by last year’s PGA Tour rookie of the year in the tournament would be enough to have him jump Finau.
“I feel like I need a win,” said Schauffele when asked about his Ryder Cup chances on Thursday after shooting a seven-under 63 to end the round tied for third. “Might not be enough. Tony is an ATM or top-10 machine, you know. He’s been killing it and playing great golf. I feel like if I were Jim right now, I would pick him, to be completely honest. I could win and he could finish in second or third and, you know, I’d be happy with my win and wouldn't be disappointed with the year.”