Dustin Johnson needs to stop whining and reap what he has sown

Dustin Johnson didn't make the US Ryder Cup team

Dustin Johnson didn’t make the US Ryder Cup team
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You reap what you sow. And Dustin Johnson has no one to blame but himself for not making the United States Ryder Cup team. He once sold out to Saudi-backed LIV Golf for a month last year reported $125 million, his margin of error to reach golf’s premier team event became razor thin. And it shouldn’t be a surprise to Johnson that he wasn’t selected based on his performances at major tournaments last year. With a draw I ended up in 48th place at the Masters, who finished 55th at the PGA Championship and missed the cut at the British Open, is not crying out to represent the United States at all. And those three performances wipe out a 10th-place finish at this year’s US Open.

Johnson has played well in LIV brand competition, earning ten top-five finishes in 11 events. How outrageous the LIV is, even with one Merger with the PGA Tour Although he still lies in obscurity, it is how one performs under bright lights that will determine Johnson’s Ryder Cup fate. Only one LIV golfer is on the U.S. team – Brooks Koepka, who narrowly missed out on automatic inclusion on the team based on his world ranking. Then came U.S. captain Zach Johnson’s half-dozen picks. DJ has nothing to do with Zach, but the duo are said to have spoken at major events this year, with the unselected Johnson telling the American captain his desire to play for the team. It didn’t come to fruition.

“I would love to be part of the team,” Johnson told the Palm Beach Post. “But to be honest, I haven’t played really well this year. But did I play well enough to be on the team? Yes. I didn’t have the best year. Was it good enough to make the team? I think so. If I had continued playing (the PGA Tour), yes, I would have made the team.”

The previous quote seems contradictory. Did you play well enough to be in a select group even though you knew you didn’t play your best this year? All right, DJ. There are only 12 spots for Americans in the biennial tournament. Staying in the bubble at best is not the way to ensure you represent your country. Take a lesson from your fellow Saudi supporter. Koepka left no doubt why he had to be at the Ryder Cup, renegade or not. Zach Johnson said that too Explaining his selection, he noted that Koepka truly jumped at the opportunity to play for the Americans in Italy later this month.

Golf, more than ever, is about really focusing on what you’ve been doing recently. With the PGA no longer the undisputed king of the sport as Middle East royalty throw around blood money, the most important thing is to perform at your best when everyone is on the same greens and fairways. Not your story. In this case, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are essential to any American team as long as they can run. In 2021, DJ became the first American in over four decades to finish a Ryder Cup with a 5-0 individual record, and he has appeared in five Ryder Cups. That is not very credible for this year’s election. DJ had a great run for the USA and if the goal is for the Americans to dominate Team Europe, as was the case two years ago, he had to stay home.

https://deadspin.com/dustin-johnson-ryder-cup-pga-liv-golf-1850843014 Dustin Johnson needs to stop whining and reap what he has sown

Ian Walker

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