Dustin Johnson: "Ryder, I deserved a place"

Ultimately, as Dustin Johnson lamented, being part of a Ryder Cup team is an honor and something players strive to achieve time and again

by Andrea Gussoni
Dustin Johnson: "Ryder, I deserved a place"
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In a recent interview with the Palm Beach Post, golf champion Dustin Johnson shared his thoughts on the topic of missing out on a Ryder Cup call-up, specifically referencing Zach Johnson's picks.

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While acknowledging his less-than-stellar performance, Dustin believed he had still played well enough to be included on the team.

"If I had played on the PGA Tour, I would have definitely made the team and could have helped Team USA."

However, it was interesting to note that past champion Jack Nicklaus had nothing but approval for the captain's choices, particularly the inclusion of Brooks Koepka.

Speaking highly of Koepka's recent performances in important tournaments, Nicklaus left little room for doubt that he deserved his spot.

It is clear that both sides of the argument have valid points, highlighting the tough decisions that come with selecting a winning team.

As Team Europe also faces a depleted line-up, it remains to be seen how both teams will fare in this important event.

Ultimately, as Dustin Johnson lamented, being part of a Ryder Cup team is an honor and something players strive to achieve time and again.

Equipped with extraordinary physical power and a very powerful swing (with a left wrist at the apex of the swing that is not very academic, but very charged), he is one of the longest players on the circuit, and for three consecutive years (2009-2011) he finished in third place in the average distance ranking.

Turning professional at the end of 2007, he has won 20 tournaments so far, and is currently the only player on the PGA Tour to have won at least one tournament every season. He also boasts four WGC titles, the second of which was won in 2015 after returning from a period away from the courts due to personal problems.

In fact, between 2009 and 2014, Dustin Johnson tested positive in three different drug tests, once for marijuana and twice for cocaine. Following this, the PGA Tour did not issue any disciplinary measures, nor did they spread the news, but it was the player himself who decided to retire from professionalism for 6 months.

In 2010 he was the protagonist of an unfortunate episode when, leading the PGA Championship, the last major tournament of the season, he incurred a two-stroke penalty on the 72nd hole, for having intentionally placed the head of the club in a bunker, not having recognized it because it was very ruined and in a passage area for spectators.

After holing the last putt on the 18th thinking he was on par with Bubba Watson and Martin Kaymer, the latter later winning the subsequent playoff, he was informed of the two-stroke penalty that took him from tied first place to fifth .

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