Could we see LIV Golf's Brooks Koepka and Dustin Johnson at the Ryder Cup?

Brooks Koepka and Dustin Johnson have both separately expressed interest in playing in the Ryder Cup despite being members of LIV Golf. 

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Tue, 25 Apr 2023
Could we see LIV Golf's Brooks Koepka and Dustin Johnson at the Ryder Cup?

Brooks Koepka and Dustin Johnson may have left the PGA Tour for LIV Golf, but the two major champions still want to play in the upcoming Ryder Cup, and they might actually have a chance.  

Koepka, LIV Golf's only two-time winner, was one half of the series' top performers at The Masters a few weeks ago. He finished tied for second with Phil Mickelson

It was the first chance in 2023 for direct comparisons to be made between PGA Tour and LIV Golf players, and Koepka showed that he could still compete among the world's best and may be a smart pick, skill-wise, for U.S. Ryder Cup Captain Zach Johnson.

Since it was recently clarified that LIV Golf members are technically still eligible to be picked, LIV Golf's Koepka and Johnson may both have chances to play on the U.S. Team this fall. 

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The other way to make it onto the roster would be to qualify through one of the six spots in the U.S. Ryder Cup rankings. However, Koepka is currently ranked No. 17 and LIV Golf's Johnson is No. 32, with limited opportunities to gain more points. 

But if he is picked, Koepka says he wouldn't shy away from the opportunity to play in another Ryder Cup, per Golf Digest

“I have no idea [if we’ll be eligible] and it’s not up to me so I can’t make that decision. But if they choose us, we’ll be ready to go,” Koepka told the Sydney Morning Herald during the LIV Golf Adelaide tournament last weekend. 

Johnson, who captains LIV Golf's most dominate team, the 4 Aces GC, also said he'd take up the chance to play in another Ryder Cup. 

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“I would love to, absolutely,” Johnson said, per Golf Digest. “It’s something I’ve always enjoyed playing and in the last Ryder Cup I played pretty well. It’s one of my favorite events to play in. I’d love to [do it again]. If I play well for the rest of the year, hopefully I’ll get a consideration.”

While Koepka is LIV Golf's first two-time winner, Johnson won the series' individual, season-long points race for a lucrative bonus in 2022. 

Both were members of the 2021 Ryder Cup team that won in historical fashion at Whistling Straits. 

The 2023 Ryder Cup is set to begin 25 September at Marco Simone Golf and Country Club. 

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