Don’t underestimate Zach Johnson.
Europeans will be advised against doing so with the latest captain of the US Ryder Cup, who was officially introduced by the US PGA on Monday.
Johnson, 46, becomes the 30th captain in US Ryder Cup history and from September 29 to October 1 at Marco Simone Golf and Country Club in Rome, Italy, he will be tasked with leading the charge. led the Americans to their first victory abroad since 1993.
Johnson is both an underdog and a bullfighter – having won the 2007 Masters and 2015 British Open in St. Andrews as part of his 12 career victories. He has also played for five Ryder Cup teams, setting a record of 8-7-2, and played for four Presidents Cup teams with a career 10-6-1 record.
Johnson has also served as vice-captain of two previous US Ryder Cup teams, including the team that routed Europe 19-9 last fall at Whistling Straits.
The job in 2023 will be more difficult as it is not a home game, and this is why Johnson has performed so well. He has had a remarkable career and although he is not one of the flashiest stars in the sport, he is widely respected among his peers. His results are excellent.
“I know we don’t have to win on European soil,” Johnson said on Monday. “Well, I’m used to ‘don’t do’ – shouldn’t do [the PGA] Travel or win two professional tournaments and definitely not be allowed into the five Ryder Cup teams. I like it when the ‘don’t do’ things. “
Johnson is cut from the same fabric as Steve Stricker, the 2021 US Ryder Cup captain who is revered by his peers. Like Wisconsin’s Stricker, Johnson is Midwesterner, from Iowa. Like Stricker, Johnson displayed a great deal of humility, though those who had competed with him were struck by the competitive fire burning within him.
Johnson, never one of the longest-running players in the game, opted for every par-5 at Augusta when he won the Masters in 2007 while multiplayer reached them in two games, and he none other than Tiger Woods in the process match.
When winning the 2015 British Open in St. arrest Claret Jug.
These show that Johnson is fearless before the big moment.
And make no mistake: 2023 in Italy will be a big moment.
“Going through there was not easy,” Johnson said. “I got it. And honestly, I wouldn’t have it any other way. I will accept what all the difficulties are. ”
Johnson’s biggest trait is that he accepts who he is, where he comes from, and how much he’s done with what he’s been given.
“I’m not the kind of person that has to be,” Johnson said. “I was never the best. But I never stop. I like working. I’m always the one who shouldn’t be, but sometimes I am. ”
Johnson, who played his college golf at Drake, which isn’t exactly a feeder program for the PGA Tour, said his humble background has molded him.
“Everybody is trying to find their edge,” he said. “Everybody is trying to find a way to come out on top. I always have my back to the wall. Some of that could bode well for the leadership of this team. ”
When news of Johnson’s impending captaincy was revealed in recent days, his colleagues welcomed the move.
Daniel Berger said at Honda Classic last week: “He’s a great mix of new-school/old-school type. “He’s been a part of so many great teams, and he’s played on the Tour for so long, and he’s so respected among us here, that, when he says something, you will listen.
Brooks Koepka calls Johnson “an energizer, like a team energizer. ”
When Johnson won that 2007 Masters, he sat in front of reporters and said, “I’m Zach Johnson from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, just an ordinary guy. ”
However, he has achieved things in the casual sport and will likely advance to the World Golf Hall of Fame when qualified.
As pointed out by a reporter on Monday that, if the United States wins in 2023, Johnson will join Jack Nicklaus, Sam Snead and Seve Ballesteros as the only golfers to win a Masters at Augusta National and the Open at St. . Andrews while captaining a winning Ryder Cup team, he became emotional.
“Truth be told, it hasn’t affected me yet,” Johnson said. “My dream has never reached this far. ”
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