In an interview with the Associated Press, Zach Johnson, the captain of the American Ryder Cup team, revealed that the choice to retain Brooks Koepka among his six picks was dictated by Scottie Scheffler, Wyndham Clark, Patrick Cantlay, Brian Harman , Max Homa and Xander Schauffele.
Brooks Koepka, results
Selected among the six picks of Zach Johnson along with Rickie Fowler, Collin Morikawa, Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas and Sam Burns, Brooks Koepka owes this “selection” to the six qualified at the end of the BMW Championship (PGA Tour) on August 20 last.
In an interview given to AP News by the captain of the US Ryder Cup team, the decision to retain the LIV Golf player, winner of the PGA Championship in May, indeed depended on the opinion of six of his players . Namely Scottie Scheffler, Wyndham Clark, Patrick Cantlay, Brian Harman, Max Homa and Xander Schauffele.
Everyone wanted Brooks Koepka on their team to face the Europeans from September 29 to October 1 in Rome (Italy) at the Marco Simone Golf & Country Club. “The only thing that was said about Brooks with the guys was, ‘We want Brooks Koepka to play for Team USA,’” Zach Johnson explained.
A real plebiscite while at the same time, boys like Dustin Johnson, author of a flawless performance at Whistling Straits in 2021 (five matches, five victories), Bryson DeChambeau, Patrick Reed and Talor Gooch, also residents of the LIV Golf, were quickly excluded from the discussions.
He played golf at Florida State University in Tallahassee and, as an amateur, won three tournaments and was a three-time All-America. He went on to qualify for the U.S. Open 2012, where however he did not make the cut. In the same summer he turned professional, participating in the Challenge Tour.
He won his first title at the Challenge de Catalunya, while in the following season he won the Montecchia Open and triumphed at the Challenge de España, where he set the record score of the competition, 260 (-24) , winning by as many as 10 shots.
Three weeks later, with the Scottish Challenge victory, he earned the chance to play on the European Tour for the remainder of 2013 and 2014. This year he won the Turkish Airlines Open and placed third at the Dubai Desert Classic and the Omega European Masters.
Coming eighth in the Race to Dubai standings, he was named "rookie of the year". The first title on the PGA Tour also arrived in 2015, the Phoenix Open. At the Open Championship he finished tenth and at the PGA Championship he finished fifth. At the end of the season he renounces participating in the European Tour.