Zach Johnson leaves door open for LIV players on USA Ryder Cup team

Ronan MacNamara
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Zach Johnson during a practice round for the 2020 Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits on September 21, 2021 in Kohler, Wisconsin. (Photo by Darren Carroll/PGA of America)

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USA Ryder Cup captain Zach Johnson says that LIV players haven’t been ruled out of his team selection for September’s Ryder Cup in Rome,

2021 Ryder Cup players, Brooks Koepka, Bryson De Chambeau and Dustin Johnson ply their trade on the Saudi backed tour while Patrick Reed and Phil Mickelson showed their form at the Masters earlier this month.

“No decisions have been made. There’s still a lot of time left in that regard, and so many fluid factors involved. As far as personally making decisions, no.

“I will add that, when it comes to that notion, there’s numerous factors, like I mentioned, but I am going to rely heavily on — actually, looking back at my previous Cups that I’ve been a vice captain, I’m going to rely heavily on the guys that actually make the team because it’s their team.”

Two-time major champion Johnson will be granted six captains picks with the current six automatic qualifiers standing as Scottie Scheffler, Max Homa, Cameron Young, Jordan Spieth, Sam Burns and Patrick Cantlay.

ZJ left open the possibility that LIV players might play their way onto his 12-man team.

“So I don’t know who those six are going to be, obviously, but their ownership and their opinions will weigh heavily into what I, what we, decide to do.

“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.”

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