The Ryder Cup is around the corner and Zach Johnson will be looking to become the first American winning captain on European soil since 1993.
The two-time Major champion will be taking his team into the lion’s den to see if they can retain the trophy that they so impressively won last time out in record fashion at Whistling Straits.
Johnson still doesn’t know his team just yet, so what will some of his key considerations be?
Experience over form?
It’s a tactic used so well by Thomas Bjorn in 2018, when he snubbed winning machine Matt Wallace and instead went for experience in Sergio Garcia, Paul Casey, Ian Poulter and Henrik Stenson.
Zach Johnson finds himself in a similar spot this time out with Justin Thomas missing out on the FedEx Cup Playoffs and Dustin Johnson, who went 5-0 last time in Wisconsin, somewhat out of sorts too.
Bryson DeChambeau, or Mr 58 as he is now known, appears to have found form at just the right time after his 61-58 closing 36-holes to win the recent LIV Golf League event at The Greenbrier.
Bryson was T4th at the PGA Championship and T20th at the US Open but they’re all we really have to go on outside of the LIV Golf League this year. He won 2.5 points from three matches last time out, including 1.5 from his two games with Scottie Scheffler in the four balls.
Johnson will be eyeing up the pairing of Bryson and Scottie this time out, but by picking the Golfing Scientist it would obviously make for a tough decision as another big name would miss out.
Who does Spieth go with?
If Johnson doesn’t pick Thomas, the formidable Spieth/Thomas partnership will be no more – at least for this year anyway.
Spieth, an almost certain wildcard pick, would happily play with anyone, you’d think, and he and JT were even broken up a couple of times at the 2021 Ryder…