US Open champion URGES Zach Johnson to take Justin Thomas to Ryder Cup

"If they don't take Justin Thomas to the Ryder Cup, it's the worst call ever," says major champion.

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Wed, 23 Aug 2023
US Open champion URGES Zach Johnson to take Justin Thomas to the Ryder Cup

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.

Scottie SchefflerWyndham ClarkPatrick CantlayBrian HarmanMax Homa and Xander Schauffele are all in the team. 

One player who dropped out as a result of the performances of Homa and Schauffele last week was LIV Golf's Brooks Koepka, a player both myself and Paige Spiranac believe Johnson simply must pick. 

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. 

In an interview with Golfweek, eight-time PGA Tour winner Ogilvy said: 

"If they don’t take him, it’s the worst call ever. He’s the best head-to-head match player in the world."

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: 

"JT would be my first pick. I’ve been inside the ropes at enough Presidents Cups there’s just no chance you don’t take Justin. He does something to the team. He goes out front and leads and fist pumps and makes everyone behind him believe."

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. 

Related: Ogilvy says PGA Tour boss was called THIS during latest Players Meeting!

Ogilvy believes they are a match made in heaven for the Ryder Cup, along with best pals Schauffele and Patrick Cantlay.

"They are untouchable"

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. 

Ogilvy added:

"It’s hard to not take Lucas but you can’t take him at the expense of Justin Thomas."

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