Zach Johnson will "probably" SNUB LIV Golf players over Ryder Cup picks

Has Zach Johnson just given the game away ahead of making his US Ryder Cup picks?!

Zach Johnson confirms he will "probs" SNUB LIV Golf players over Ryder Cup picks
Zach Johnson confirms he will "probs" SNUB LIV Golf players over Ryder Cup…

Zach Johnson has confessed he will "probably" snub LIV Golf League players and choose PGA Tour players when it comes to making his six captain's picks for the US Ryder Cup team later this month. 

While Johnson's six picks following the conclusion of the Tour Championship later this month are still very much up in the air, Johnson did confirm to Colt Knost and Drew Stoltz on GOLF's Subpar podcast how he will more than likely side with PGA Tour players. 

As it stands, Brooks Koepka is the only LIV Golf player boarding a plane to Rome next month as a result of the five-time major champion earning his way into the US Ryder Cup via the six automatic spots.

While a number of LIV Golf League players such as Bryson DeChambeau, Dustin Johnson and Talor Gooch thought they had thrown their hats into the ring for picks in the US Ryder Cup team, it would appear they are all going to be overlooked. 

DeChambeau and Johnson have played and excelled in multiple Ryder Cup teams previously, while Gooch was looking to make his debut. 

When pressed by Colt and Drew for clues about his six picks, Johnson replied: 

"Six Americans, born in the United States, and probably on the PGA Tour, but not necessarily."

You very much feel the "not necessarily" is solely based on whether or not Koepka comes through as one of the six automatics following the conclusion of play at this week's BMW Championship, the second leg of the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup Playoffs.

Should Koepka fall out of the automatics on Sunday night based on other results this week, then Johnson will more than likely still pick him as one of his six wildcards. 

When Johnson was pressed by Knost and Stolz to give his views on the form of LIV Golf League players on the cusp of earning picks in the US Ryder Cup team, the two-time major champion surprisingly chose to ghost the standout 58 of DeChambeau en route to his six-stroke romp at Greenbrier as well as the three-win season of Gooch.

Johnson seemingly doesn't have access to The CW Network. 

He was happy to chat about Koepka though. 

Johnson told Knost and Stolz: 

"I only get to see them [LIV Golf League players] on the major championship scene.
"There has not been much communication, I mean if I'm going to be fully transparent.
"But it's hard because I'm not able to witness what they are doing and see their form with the exception of three or four weeks a year. 
"What Brooks has done this year is, I mean no one is surprised, but it's remarkable. I think he played okay last year in a couple of the majors which counted in the points too, but I'm just glad he's healthy. There was a time where he was really concerned about his tenure and time in golf. He's a stud."

DeChambeau confirmed in an interview with @FlushingItGolf that he has indeed received "zero communication" from Johnson in the lead up to the Ryder Cup. 


On the flip side, Johnson then confirmed he has been in close communication with Justin Thomas in terms of the out-of-form PGA Tour star still receiving one of his six picks.

While he did not sound particularly confident JT will be boarding a plane to Rome, he has at least left the door open for him. 

Something many golf fans find hard to believe given Thomas has endured one of his worst seasons to date on the PGA Tour having missed out on the FedEx Cup Playoffs for the first time in his career. 

Johnson told the podcast: 

"We’ve been communicating [with Thomas]. I would hope that he understands and he does.
"Open lines, we’re gonna keep the honesty train going, we’re gonna leave it all out there.
"I told him I don’t know what’s in store but he’s obviously still in consideration, he’s been a part of Team USA since 2017, guys wanna be around him, he’s great in the locker room, and obviously what he’s done inside the ropes in these cups has been well documented.
"His resume speaks for itself. But I also gotta look at all the other factors involved."

Thomas is currently priced at a short 2/5 to make the US Ryder Cup team. 

Here's a look at the odds: 

Brooks Koepka - 1/20

Max Homa - 1/12

Rickie Fowler - 1/8

Collin Morikawa - 1/4

Justin Thomas - 2/5

Cameron Young - 4/9

Tony Finau - 6/4

Sam Burns - 7/4

Keegan Bradley - 2/1

Denny McCarthy - 8/1

Dustin Johnson - 8/1

Russell Henley - 8/1

Bryson DeChambeau - 10/1

Sahith Theegala - 14/1

Talor Gooch - 20/1

Patrick Reed - 20/1 

See the full odds here

Is Zach Johnson wrong to overlook LIV Golf players at the Ryder Cup? How much is politics getting involved here? Which six guys do you think he will pick later this month? Share your thoughts and comments over on the GolfMagic social media channels. 

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