Six-time major champion Lee Trevino has rushed to the defence of Justin Thomas being picked in the US Ryder Cup team.
Trevino, 83, believes captain Zach Johnson picked PGA Tour star Thomas as a result of his Ryder Cup record and not just because of his personality.
Speaking on Michael Breed's SiriusXM PGA Tour Radio show, A New Breed of Golf, US Ryder Cup legend Trevino said of two-time US PGA champion Thomas:
"That’s Jordan Spieth’s partner, and if you look at the record, it’s pretty damn good.
"Most of the time, your No. 12 guy is weak. You know, I know that Justin hasn’t been playing very well but he’s not a weak player.
"He’s won two PGA’s, he’s won 13 tournaments, and he’s got experience.
"If you look at his record, it’s a winning record. I think this had a lot to do with it. I don’t think it had anything to do with personality."
Trevino won six major titles, including two US PGAs, two Opens and and two US Opens.
He never won The Masters, with his closest attempts coming with a pair of T10s in 1975 and 1985.
Trevino won 29 times on the PGA Tour, and he played in six Ryder Cups as well as captaining the team to a loss in 1985.
Johnson said he chose Thomas as one of his six captain's picks as a result of his Ryder Cup record, but also his personality.
He said on Tuesday:
"[Justin Thomas] has without question been the heart and soul of Team USA, Ryder Cups, our emotional leader I would say, and I don’t think he would argue with that. He just leads by example. Overall, a fantastic Ryder Cup record.
"His passion for the Ryder Cup is very evident. He would say it himself. In my mind, he was born for this, and there is—you just don’t leave JT at home."
Johnson also picked Collin Morikawa, Rickie Fowler, Jordan Spieth, Brooks Koepka and Sam Burns.
Take me to more golf news!