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DJ ‘would love’ future Ryder Cup captain role

Johnson on possible Ryder Cup captaincy for Team USA in the future: “I think it would be fun. I think I would be a good captain. Yeah, it’s something that I definitely would like to do at some point.”

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Last Updated: 13/10/21 7:55pm




Dustin Johnson has set his sights on a future role as Ryder Cup captain

Dustin Johnson may have a long Ryder Cup career ahead of him as a player, but the two-time major champion has already set his sights on a future role as Team USA captain.

The world No 2 was the oldest player in Steve Stricker’s side for their record-breaking 19-9 victory at Whistling Straits last month, where he became the first American player to win all five of his matches since Lanny Wadkins in 1979.

Johnson has featured in five of the last six Ryder Cup teams since making his debut in the biennial contest in 2010, including the last two American victories, and has also appeared in four of the last five winning Presidents Cup teams.

Johnson enjoyed a record-breaking week at Whistling Straits

The 37-year-old would be expected to feature the 2023 side in Rome, where Team USA will be looking for their first win on European soil in 30 years, with Johnson open to the idea of a captaincy role once his playing days are over.

“Yeah, I would love to do it one day,” Johnson said when asked about the Ryder Cup captaincy role. “I think it would be fun. I think I would be a good captain. Yeah, it’s something that I definitely would like to do at some point.

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Dustin Johnson reflects on being named as the American recipient of the Nicklaus-Jacklin Award Presented By Aon, given to the player who best displays the spirit of the event
Dustin Johnson reflects on being named as the American recipient of the Nicklaus-Jacklin Award Presented By Aon, given to the player who best displays the spirit of the event

“I feel like I would let the guys just do their thing. I think that’s most important. The players are very good, I don’t need to tell them how to play a golf course or tell them what to do, but just put them in the situation where they can succeed.

“I feel like I’ve got a good relationship with most of the players out here, and hopefully I’ll be out here long enough to where I’ll know the guys that are going to be on the team.”

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Johnson followed a FedExCup-winning season in 2019-20 by winning the Masters last November but hasn’t won on the PGA Tour since, with his only victory of 2021 coming on the European Tour at the Saudi International.

“Obviously got off to a good start last fall but, you know, didn’t play quite as well as I would have liked to during the year, but felt like I started to play a little bit better towards the end of the season.

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“Obviously had a really nice Ryder Cup and hopefully can just build off of that a little bit. The game’s starting to turn around. Took the last couple weeks off, so trying to get back into the swing of things here this week.

“Felt like especially the last 18 months, played a lot of golf tournaments and with not really a lot of breaks. I’m going to play this week and then, you know, hopefully I’m going to have a nice little break here for the rest of the year.”

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McIlroy leads out Europe in Ryder Cup singles

McIlroy lost all of his matches at Whistling Straits; four-time major champion beaten by Patrick Reed in 2016 and Justin Thomas in 2018 when sent out first in the singles – Watch live on Sunday from 5pm on Sky Sports Ryder Cup.

By Ali Stafford

Last Updated: 26/09/21 3:51am




Rory McIlroy has been sent out first by Padraig Harrington in the Ryder Cup singles

Rory McIlroy will lead out Team Europe in the Sunday singles as they look to overturn a record-breaking deficit on the final day of the Ryder Cup.

The four-time major champion was left out of a session for the first time in his Ryder Cup career after losing both matches on Friday, with captain Padraig Harrington showing faith in the Northern Irishman despite also being beaten alongside Ian Poulter in the Saturday fourballs.

McIlroy will be looking to avoid a winless campaign when he faces Xander Schauffele in the top match, the third consecutive Ryder Cup he has been sent out first in the singles, with Europe in need of a fast start as they attempt to produce the biggest Sunday comeback in the tournament’s history.

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2014 Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley and Nick Dougherty assess how Team Europe can overturn a six-point deficit in the Sunday singles at Whistling Straits.
2014 Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley and Nick Dougherty assess how Team Europe can overturn a six-point deficit in the Sunday singles at Whistling Straits.

Shane Lowry goes out second against Patrick Cantlay, one of six players currently unbeaten in Steve Stricker’s American team, while Jon Rahm – has already won more points in one Ryder Cup than any world No 1 in history, faces rookie Scottie Scheffler.

The US Open champion won 3.5 points over the first two days and formed a 100 per cent record with compatriot Sergio Garcia, leading to comparisons with the famous all-Spanish partnership between the late Seve Ballesteros and 2012 captain Jose Maria Olazabal.

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Sergio Garcia paid tribute to Jon Rahm after the Spanish duo defeated Brooks Koepka and Jordan Spieth in the Ryder Cup fourballs.
Sergio Garcia paid tribute to Jon Rahm after the Spanish duo defeated Brooks Koepka and Jordan Spieth in the Ryder Cup fourballs.

Garcia takes on Bryson DeChambeau and Viktor Hovland faces fellow debutant Collin Morikawa, while Dustin Johnson – the only player to have won four points over the first two days – plays Paul Casey.

Brooks Koepka has been drawn against Bernd Wiesberger and Ian Poulter – another of the six European players currently without a point – takes on Tony Finau, with Tyrrell Hatton up against Justin Thomas and Lee Westwood playing Harris English.

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Jordan Spieth goes head to head with Tommy Fleetwood and Daniel Berger will go out in the final match against Matt Fitzpatrick, with Team USA requiring just 3.5 points to win the Ryder Cup.

Singles line-up (all times BST)

1704 Xander Schauffele vs Rory McIlroy

1715 Patrick Cantlay vs Shane Lowry

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Shane Lowry says he won’t stop believing after he and Tyrrell Hatton defeated Harris English and Tony Finau in the Ryder Cup fourballs.
Shane Lowry says he won’t stop believing after he and Tyrrell Hatton defeated Harris English and Tony Finau in the Ryder Cup fourballs.

1726 Scottie Scheffler vs Jon Rahm

1737 Bryson DeChambeau vs Sergio Garcia

1748 Collin Morikawa vs Viktor Hovland

1759 Dustin Johnson vs Paul Case

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1810 Brooks Koepka vs Bernd Wiesberger

1821 Tony Finau vs Ian Poulter

1832 Justin Thomas vs Tyrrell Hatton

1843 Harris English vs Lee Westwood

1854 Jordan Spieth vs Tommy Fleetwood

1905 Daniel Berger vs Matt Fitzpatrick

Can Europe pull off another historic comeback and retain the Ryder Cup? Watch ‘Live from the Ryder Cup’ from 2pm on Sky Sports’ dedicated Ryder Cup channel on Sunday, ahead of full coverage of the singles from 5pm.

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