Zach Johnson might go down as one of the worst Ryder Cup captains of all time with American golf fans but try telling that to 17-time PGA Tour winner Jim Furyk, who served as one of his vice-captains at Marco Simone last week.
The visitors, who have never won a Ryder Cup away from home since 1993, found themselves down by 5 points after the first day's play last Friday.
USA failed to register a single win in any of the eight matches on day one, marking the first time that has ever happened in their Ryder Cup history.
Johnson admitted to a number of head colds and congestion in the team room as one of the big reasons for their lacklustre start.
Many critics consider Johnson's Team USA got things badly wrong as the majority of the team had not played competitively for five weeks prior to the biennial dust-up, in stark contrast to all 12 players in Team Europe who had just played in the DP World Tour's flagship event of the season at the BMW PGA.
But Furyk, who also captained the US Ryder Cup team to a heavy defeat (17.5-10.5) at Le Golf National in 2018, considers Johnson "did a wonderful and was a great captain who was very organised".
He also admits Jamie Weir's report for Sky about a rift in the team room "simply wasn't true".
The US National Alert going off during this car crash absolutely buckled me. If that’s not a sign, I don’t know what is. pic.twitter.com/y2xdhgdE6O— Bryce Ritchie (@BRitchieGolf) October 6, 2023
Furyk told Golf Today:
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