World No. 1 Dustin Johnson to lead USA in Ryder Cup title-defence bid



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World No. 1 Dustin Johnson to lead USA in Ryder Cup title-defence bid

The top-three players atop the golf world rankings are Americans. And it’s Dustin Johnson leading this trio of players (the other two being Brooks Koepka and Justin Thomas as the world no. 2 and world no. 3 respectively).

Johnson may have just the one major under his belt, the US Open in 2016, but this has not stopped him from creating records for himself. As it stands, Johnson has the fifth-longest run as the world no. 1 with a total of 64 successive weeks atop the position.

This year, Johnson won three titles: the Sentry Tournament of Champions in January and the St. Jude Classic and the Canadian Open in June. With respect to the majors this year, at the US Open he finished third and at the PGA Championship he finished 27th.

At the Open, though Dustin Johnson went on to miss the cut along with compatriot Thomas. The South Carolina-native turned pro in 2007 and in the near 11 years on the Tour, he has amassed 20 titles on the tour. He has also represented his country in three Ryder Cup editions: 2010, 2012 and 2016 (the USA won the tournament).

He is also set to represent his country in the 2018 edition of the team event which will be held in France from the 28th to 30th September. The USA are the defending champions and Johnson will be joined by both Koepka and Thomas along with Bubba Watson, Jordan Spieth, Patrick Reed, Rickie Fowler and Webb Simpson. The team captain Jim Furyk is also expected to pick four wildcard players to complete the 12-player team outfit.