Former US Open champion Geoff Ogilvy believes it will be "the worst call ever" if US Ryder Cup captain Zach Johnson does not select Justin Thomas as one of his six wildcards, following an interview with Golfweek.
Johnson will make his six captain's picks on August 29, which is less than 48 hours after this week's Tour Championship concludes at East Lake.
The six automatics in the US Ryder Cup side were determined last week.
If Zach Johnson dodges Brooks Koepka for a Ryder Cup pick then he truly hates LIV Golf— Andy Roberts (@AndyRobertsGolf) August 22, 2023
Johnson last week admitted he will "probably pick six PGA Tour players, but not necessarily."
But Ogilvy, 46, who won the 2006 US Open at Winged Foot, is adamant Thomas, 30, needs to be in Rome.
That is despite Thomas missing six of the last 12 cuts on the PGA Tour, which as a result saw him miss out on the FedEx Cup Playoffs for the first time in his career this season.
Ogilvy certainly makes a valid point, especially given Thomas owns an enviable 16-5-3 (W-L-H) record in both the Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup.
The Australian added:
Thomas has also struck up a formiddable partnership with his good friend Jordan Spieth, a player who is all-but assured of a pick in the team.
Ogilvy believes they are a match made in heaven for the Ryder Cup, along with best pals Schauffele and Patrick Cantlay.
Some are suggesting Johnson is considering recent back-to-back winner Lucas Glover for a pick, and while Ogilvy would not be disappointed to see the American handed a Ryder Cup debut in Italy, that call would very much depend on who he is in favour over.
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