The then 15-year old, curly-haired McIlroy was a member of the six boys and six girls European team who travelled to Ohio in September 2004 to tackle a USA Team boasting Finau, who turned 15 two days after the event.
Rory McIlroy helped steer Europe to an 8 ½ to 3 ½ triumph and while he and Finau did not face each other, he is keen to do the same to Finau and his Ryder Cup team-mates later this month in France.
And this is following the Salt Lake City-based Finau earlier this week being handed the very last USA team wildcard pick.
“It doesn’t seem like it was 14 years ago I played in the Junior Ryder Cup there in Ohio,” said McIlroy.
“The organisers then took us up to Detroit for the Ryder Cup that next week at Oakland Hills and I remember walking inside the ropes for one of the practice rounds with the European Team.
“So, just to think what can happen in such a short space of time as I am now heading into my sixth Ryder Cup since then.
“I’ve been fortunate to play three winning Ryder Cup’s and looking forward very much to being on a fourth winning European Team.”
For Finau, it will be a first after being handed the final USA wildcard pick.
And both McIlroy and Finau now find themselves members of what now will also be a very unique staging of the 2018 Ryder Cup.For the first time in 32 years, and since the inauguration of the World Rankings in April 1986, the leading top-10 players on the rankings will be teeing-up later this month at Le National.
If you look at the rankings of all 24 players then at this stage, the 2018 Ryder Cup will boast 14 of the top-15, 17 of the top-20 and 20 of the top-25.
The only player outside of the top-25 heading to Versailles will be the present world No 34, Ian Poulter.
And McIlroy has confirmed that for a first time in his pro-career he will begin a new season in Hawaii at the Sentry Tournament of Champions, starting January 3 2019.
The event is a winner’s only tournament with McIlroy qualifying in capturing this year’s Arnold Palmer Invitational.