LEAKED: Ryder Cup skipper Zach Johnson's wildcard picks for Team USA

According to a report by the Guardian, United States Ryder Cup skipper Zach Johnson is set to overlook the poor form of Justin Thomas and take him to Rome.

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Tue, 29 Aug 2023
LEAKED: Ryder Cup skipper Zach Johnson's wildcard picks for Team USA

Zach Johnson has reportedly decided to overlook the poor form of Justin Thomas and take him to the 2023 Ryder Cup. 

Per the Guardian's Ewan Murray, Johnson has decided to take the 30-year-old despite the former World No.1 enduring a miserable campaign in which he missed three cuts in the four major championships. 

According to the publication, Johnson is also set to hand spots to Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler and Collin Morikawa

Scottie Scheffler, Wyndham Clark, Brian Harman, Patrick Cantlay, Xander Schauffele and Max Homa qualified automatically. 

Brooks Koepka's wife Jena Sims has already dropped a huge hint that we can expect to see her husband in a few weeks' time representing Team USA.

That leaves only one spot remaining with Sam Burns, Keegan Bradley, Cameron Young, Lucas Glover and Tony Finau in contention. 

Johnson also had to wrestle with the idea of potentially taking Bryson DeChambeau after he performed impressively over the last three months in LIV Golf events, carding a 58 at The Greenbrier. Talor Gooch and Patrick Reed have also expressed hopes they could be in the conversation. 

As for Thomas, he boasts a stellar record when wearing the red, white and blue. 

In the Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup, he boasts an overall record of 16-5-2. 

He has made two Ryder Cup appearances - with a record of 6-2-1 - and has gone 4-2 when partnered with his good pal Spieth.

Thomas couldn't explain his poor form after the 151st Open at Royal Liverpool. He went on to miss out the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup playoffs despite an admirable performance at the Wyndham Championship. 

After the Open, Rory McIlroy said he had no doubts Thomas would turn things around, saying:

"JT will be just okay. JT is one of the most talented guys out here. He shot 69 at TPC a couple years ago in like 40 mile-an-hour winds, and I always remind him of it, but I always go back to that, and if JT can put that sort of display on in those conditions, yeah, we all go through bad patches." 

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Fowler also said Thomas' dip in form was nowhere near close to what he went through.

According to the Guardian's report, it is the aforementioned Burns who looks set get the nod from Johnson owing to his good relationship with Scheffler. 

European captain Luke Donald names his six captain's picks on 4 September.

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