LIV Golf stars have last laugh as Ryder Cup snub backfires for USA

LIV Golf stars have last laugh as Ryder Cup snub backfires for USA

Brooks Koepka was the only player from LIV Golf to be selected in the Ryder Cup with the likes of Bryson DeChambeau and Dustin Johnson left out and seeing Europe dominate the US to winning the trophy

Zach Johnson’s Team US were defeated handily

Team US captain Zach Johnson is likely to regret his decision not to add more LIV golfers to his team after they were defeated handily by Team Europe to lose the Ryder Cup.

Team Europe dominated on Day 1 at Marco Simone, and the likes of Rory McIlroy and Viktor Hovland fended off a late charge from their American rivals to win 16.5-11.5. The home side clinched the four points required on Day 3 to secure an emphatic victory for captain Luke Donald to claim their first Ryder Cup since 2018.

Johnson made the decision not to select the likes of Dustin Johnson and Bryson DeChambeau to his team after they had not gained enough points after not playing on the PGA Tour while with LIV. The only LIV player who Johnson gave a place on the team, was Brooks Koepka, coming in off the back of his PGA Championship victory in May.

His captain’s picks turned out disastrously. Justin Thomas, Jordan Speith, Rickie Fowler, Sam Burns and Colin Morikawa all ending the weekend with losing records as Johnson’s picks went badly wrong.

Interestingly, Koepka was the only wildcard pick to have a positive record at the tournament, finishing 1-1-1. With his fellow LIV Golfers watching on from afar, they could not have fared much worse than those selected in their place.

DeChambeau especially was very vocal about not being selected for the tournament, after not qualifying after being away from the PGA Tour – but has played well in recent months when he won the LIV Golf event last week. And after that, he seemingly criticised Johnson for not being selected.

He told Bunkered : “If you look at it, it would have been nice to at least just have a call. There are numerous people that I think Zach should have called out here, and we didn’t get that.

“I understand, I get it, but we’re nothing different. We’re still competing. We’re still working super hard to be the best we possibly can be. I don’t know if it was back ended or whatnot. I’m not up to make that discussion available.

“I have no idea what it was or who made that decision, but it would have been nice for them to consider us more because we’re pretty damn good out here.”

Sam Burns, Rickie Fowler, Brooks Koepka, Collin Morikawa, Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas were the captain’s picks by Johnson. They joined Patrick Cantlay, Wyndham Clark, Brian Harman, Max Homa, Xander Shauffele, and Scottie Scheffler who qualified automatically.

LIV Golfers are likely to return by the time the next Ryder Cup comes around in 2025, after agreeing a merger with the PGA Tour.

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