Ryan Moore Tour Championship
Ryan Moore in action at the Tour Championship, where he finished second after losing a playoff to Rory McIlroy, September 25, 2016Reuters

No Bubba Watson, and no place for Justin Thomas or Daniel Berger either – Ryan Moore is the man who has been given the privilege of playing in the Ryder Cup 2016 after Davis Love III chose the in-form 33-year-old as his final pick for the USA vs Europe showdown at Hazeltine.

After Watson, Thomas and Berger went in for a practice with a few of the already-in US teammates, as Love watched on, last week, it looked like the final decision on the team's 12th player would be made between the three, but Love went with form and feeling, choosing Moore instead.

Moore has been one of the hottest players on the PGA Tour, from an American perspective, and his brilliant play at the Tour Championship, where he only lost to Rory McIlroy, the man who he will come up against in the Ryder Cup, in a playoff.

The decision means Watson, ranked No.7 in the world, has no place in the US team, and it remains to be seen if the veteran's hopes of being called up as a non-playing member will be taken up by Love.

Moore was also invited to practice last week at Hazeltine, but having played seven tournaments in a row, he declined the offer, with Love insisting that decision would not go against him.

At the end of the day, while partnerships and a player's ability to be a team man was going to come into play, the crucial factor was form, and Moore showed he is that man with a brilliant performance in the final round of the Tour Championship. Like McIlroy, who came from nowhere to finish joint-top, Moore shot a 64 in the final round, which put him level with the Irishman and Kevin Chappell on 12-under.

While he ended up losing the playoff to McIlroy, who also won the FedEx Cup in the process, that performance was enough for Love to be convinced that Moore is the right player to help Team USA top Europe.

Love was expected to reveal the decision at halftime of the NFL game between the Chicago Bears and the Dallas Cowboys, but that plan was changed after the news of Arnold Palmer's death trickled in.

However, Moore is the pick that Love, who delayed it to less than a week before the start of Ryder Cup 2016, has made and the captain will hope it proves to be an inspired one.

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