US Ryder Cup captain Zach Johnson leaves the door ajar for LIV golfers to be picked for this yr’s occasion in Rome – insisting ‘I am not one ever to say by no means’ – after defector Brooks Koepka stormed to PGA Championship victory
Zach Johnson has refused to say whether or not he would choose in-form LIV golfers similar to Brooks Koepka for his US Ryder Cup group this autumn.
American defectors remain eligible if they’ll amass sufficient rating factors to be top-six within the US Cup standings, or in the event that they make a case with their performances for one in every of Johnson’s six picks.
The politics of the LIV furore have made a saga of that powderkeg scenario, however Koepka — who led the Masters after 54 holes after which won here from the same position — is in such good kind he should be within the dialog.
However Johnson is providing little encouragement to the likes of Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau, saying he has no plans to attend any LIV occasions and showing to counsel he has not adopted any broadcasts both.
‘I believe the posh of me being captain is I’m nonetheless related and prevalent out on the PGA Tour,’ stated Johnson on Sunday.
Brooks Koepka (above) secured a two-shot victory on the PGA Championship on Sunday
Fellow LIV Golf defector Bryson DeChambeau (above) additionally had a powerful week at Oak Hill
US Ryder Cup captain Zach Johnson has not dominated out selecting LIV golfers for this yr’s occasion
‘So for me to desert that on every week the place I may very well be on the market and go the place the majority of my gamers are going to return from, could be irresponsible and inappropriate.’
Requested to make clear if he would go to one of many LIV tournaments to maintain a better eye on progress, he added: ‘Hasn’t been mentioned. I’m not one which’s ever to say by no means nevertheless it’s not been mentioned.’
Johnson has indicated it’s too early for such deliberations. That will increase eyebrows with lower than 5 months till the conflict in Rome.