You reap what you sow. And Dustin Johnson has nobody guilty however himself for not making the USA Ryder Cup workforce. As soon as he bought out to Saudi-backed LIV Golf final 12 months for a reported $125 million, his margin for error to make golf’s premier workforce occasion grew to become razor-thin. And it shouldn’t be a shock to Johnson that primarily based on his performances at main tournaments over the past 12 months he wasn’t chosen. Ending in a tie for forty eighth at the Masters, tied for fifty fifth on the PGA Championship, and lacking the minimize on the British Open doesn’t scream representing the USA in any respect. And people three performances negate a tie for tenth at this 12 months’s U.S. Open.
Johnson has performed effectively in LIV-branded competitors, finishing 10 top-5 finishes in 11 occasions. With how upstart the LIV is, even with a merger with the PGA Tour nonetheless hiding in plain sight, it’s the way you carry out with the lights on brightest that decided Johnson’s Ryder Cup destiny. Just one LIV golfer is on the U.S. workforce — Brooks Koepka, who narrowly missed being mechanically chosen to the workforce primarily based on his world rating. Then got here U.S. captain Zach Johnson’s half-dozen picks. DJ has no relation to Zach, however the duo allegedly spoke this 12 months at main occasions, with the unselected Johnson telling the American captain his need to play for the workforce. It didn’t come to fruition.
“I might like to be part of the workforce,” Johnson instructed the Palm Beach Post. “However to be trustworthy, I haven’t actually performed that effectively, this 12 months. However have I performed effectively sufficient to be on the workforce? Yeah. I didn’t have one of the best 12 months. Was it ok to make the workforce? I believe so. If I might have been taking part in on (the PGA Tour), yeah, I might have made the workforce.”
That earlier quote comes off as contradictory. You performed effectively sufficient to be in a selective group regardless that you realize you didn’t do your greatest this 12 months? Alright, DJ. There are solely 12 spots for Individuals within the biennial event. Staying on the bubble at greatest isn’t the best way to be sure you characterize your nation. Take a lesson out of your fellow Saudi backer. Koepka left little doubt as to why he wanted to be on the Ryder Cup, defection or not. Zach Johnson said as much when explaining his alternatives, noting Koepka actually seized the chance to play for the Individuals in Italy later this month.
Golf is a enterprise extra so than ever now of actually specializing in what you have got executed these days. With the PGA now not the unquestioned king of the game due to the blood cash being thrown round by royalty within the Center East, acting at your greatest when everyone seems to be on the identical greens and fairways is a very powerful factor. Not your historical past. In that case, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are shoe-ins for each American workforce so long as they’ll stroll. DJ did turn into the primary American to complete a Ryder Cup with a 5-0 particular person document in over 4 a long time in 2021, and he’s been a part of 5 Ryder Cups. That holds little credence to be chosen this 12 months. DJ had an ideal run for the U.S. and if the purpose is for the Individuals to dominate Staff Europe, prefer it did two years in the past, he wanted to remain dwelling.