Eight automatic qualifiers were set after the PGA Championship, so the start of the FedEx Cup playoffs was effectively an audition.
U.S. Ryder Cup team captain Jim Furyk made his final decision on Monday - one that many had seen coming. "He checked a lot of boxes and made it impossible not to go for him".
"Hopefully I bring something to the team that can help us bring that Cup back".
It's an incredible achievement for Finau, who grew up playing golf in Rose Park. He was paired with Furyk during the first two days at the US PGA Championship, and struggled in the opening round before he tied the championship record by making ten birdies in the second round.
Eight other U.S. players made the roster after last month's PGA Championship after a two-year qualifying period - Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Patrick Reed, Justin Thomas, Jordan Spieth, Webb Simpson, Rickie Fowler and Bubba Watson.
Regardless of which player is chosen for the final spot, the US should have a strong team heading into Paris.
Furyk had some options with his final pick.
Finau finished tied eighth with Xander Schauffele in tied third another contender for the slot. Keegan Bradley won the tournament in a playoff and also was thought to be under consideration. He turned pro out of high school at age 17 and played several years on the hardscrabble mini-tours before he earned his card on the Web.com Tour for 2014.
"Hey guys, Tony Finau here".
"I look forward to the opportunity to help the United States of America bring the Cup back".