Ryder Cup 2023: Zach Johnson Clarifies Bryson DeChambeau's Lack of Call Simply.

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Ryder Cup 2023: Zach Johnson Clarifies Bryson DeChambeau’s Lack of Call Simply.

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Despite ranking 54th in the final U.S. Ryder Cup points list, Bryson DeChambeau felt overlooked by Captain Zach Johnson. It wasn’t merely about not securing one of Johnson’s six captain’s picks; it was the perceived snub of not receiving a call from the American skipper to inform him of the decision.

Following his victory in the LIV Golf Chicago tournament, his second win in three starts, DeChambeau addressed questions about his performance and expressed his disappointment at missing the 44th Ryder Cup at Marco Simone Golf & Country Club, which starts on Friday.

“I’m definitely playing better than when I won at Winged Foot,” said DeChambeau, who clinched the 2020 U.S. Open at Winged Foot’s West Course. “It would have been nice to receive a call. There are several players who I believe Zach should have considered, and we didn’t get that opportunity. I understand it, but we’re all working hard to be the best we can.”

DeChambeau, who recently turned 30, was part of the U.S. Ryder Cup team that triumphed over Europe at Whistling Straits with a score of 19-9. He performed well, going 2-0-1 and defeating Sergio Garcia in singles, 3 and 2, including a memorable eagle on the par-4 first hole. However, despite this success, he holds a losing record in Ryder Cup history, having gone 0-3-0 during the U.S. loss to Europe in Paris in 2018.

Nevertheless, DeChambeau believed that he and a few other LIV Golf League players, notably Dustin Johnson, who had a perfect 5-0 record in Wisconsin, deserved more consideration.

Zach Johnson responded during a captains’ press conference with European counterpart Luke Donald, explaining, “We have a points system within the PGA of America and Ryder Cup USA. It’s clear how points are earned and which tournaments count. Towards the end of the process, I focused on the top 20-25 players in that point system who I believed deserved my full attention.”

DeChambeau’s LIV Golf League involvement limited him to collecting points in the U.S. team standings from just four events, all major championships, with his best results being a T-4 at the PGA Championship and a T-20 at the U.S. Open. In contrast, Dustin Johnson was 40th on the points list.

Notably, Brooks Koepka, a fellow LIV player, drew Johnson’s attention by winning the PGA Championship and finishing as a runner-up at the Masters. Despite initially being in line for an automatic spot, Koepka secured a captain’s pick from Johnson after a late surge in qualifying at the BMW Championship.

DeChambeau acknowledged the sting of missing the Ryder Cup, even though his longstanding feud with Koepka has subsided while competing on the LIV tour. He believed that his performance in the recent tournament could have contributed valuable points to Team USA.

Reference:

www.golfdigest.com/story/a-very-simple-manner-zach-johnson-explains-why-bryson-dechambeau

www.si.com/golf/news/liv-golf-bryson-dechambeau-upset-to-not-get-call-ryder-cup-captain-zach-johnson

www.sportskeeda.com/golf/news-i-can-answer-simple-manner-zach-johnson-responds-bryson-dechambeau-ryder-cup-snub-claims

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