We’ll be ready to go: Koepka and Johnson targeting Ryder Cup selection

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LIV golfers Brooks Koepka and Dustin Johnson insist they would like to represent the USA in September’s Ryder Cup in Marco Simone Golf Club, Rome.

Last week, USA Ryder Cup captain Zach Johnson left the door slightly ajar for LIV players to be selected on his 12-man squad: “Not to get overly in the weeds of all this, but in order to garner Ryder Cup points or be eligible for PGA of America Ryder Cup points and PGA Championship points, you have to be a member of PGA of America. Those individuals that have left the PGA Tour, to my knowledge, are still members of PGA of America. There’s a grace period involved there. I don’t know the specifics.”

Since then, the PGA of America told Golf.com that LIV players are eligible for selection and if called upon in September, Koepka and Johnson would love to play.

The LIV duo opened up to the Sydney Morning Herald about their prospects of playing in the biennial event.

Both players were part of the record-breaking 2021 win for the USA in Whistling Straits.

“I would love to, absolutely. It’s something I’ve always enjoyed playing and in the last Ryder Cup I played pretty well,” said Johnson who won all five of his matches in 2021. “It’s one of my favourite events to play in. I’d love to. If I play well for the rest of the year, hopefully I’ll get a consideration.”

Koepka replied: “It’s not up to me so I can’t make that decision, but if they choose us, we’ll be ready to go.”

Both players have been in form recently with Koepka finishing in a share of second place at the Masters, a week after winning LIV Golf Orlando while Johnson’s 4Aces team won LIV Golf Adelaide.

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