Zach Johnson believes that the US team can do great things at this year's Ryder Cup. The team has enormous quality, but they are also aware of the danger of the Europeans. One of the advantages of the US team will certainly be more time for rest, given that the European players played in the Irish Open and now the BMW PGA Championship.
Additionally, Johnson said that his team is tired from playing so many tournaments recently. “The bottom line is a lot - for the most part, the majority of the team played so much golf in July and August that they need a break,” said Johnson, as quoted by golfmonthly.com!
“Your body needs a break. It's unique that we've had a month off from the Tour Championship to the actual Cup. I can't recall that ever happening in my time."
US team and resting
The captain of the US Team is aware that the Europeans will play more before the start of the tournament.
They want to use this time for rest and try to summarize their impressions. There is a positive atmosphere in the team, and you can feel the excitement in everyone. The practice round trip is welcome to them in order to understand what they can expect and to see the difficulties that the Marco Simone golf club carries.
“Maybe a week here, maybe a week there, so that rest I think is actually probably better than actually competing off the Tour Championship a lot. Sounds like the European team might be playing a little bit more because of their schedule and the way it lays out, which is fine.
Our guys will be rested. That was part of the joy and the purpose of our practice round trip is to let those guys see the course so that way, when we get there that week, they don't have to force it and push themselves to get their feet on the grounds that much because they already know kind of what to expect so they can kind or prepare accordingly.
Friday can't come any quicker. I mean, seems like you get there and Friday just takes forever to get there, but when it's there, it's a lot of golf in a short amount of time. Personally, I think rest is great”.