Zach Johnson Named US Ryder Cup Captain

Two-time Major Champion Zach Johnson takes over as Ryder Cup captain, leading an American side as they attempt to end 30 years without a win on European soil.

Three people with knowledge of the decision confirmed the move to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the PGA of America has yet to announce Johnson’s selection.

The decision is not a surprise. Johnson has served as an alternate captain in each of the last two games, and Team USA has turned to captains with prior involvement.

The 2023 matches are scheduled for Marco Simone in Italy. The Americans are coming off the country’s biggest rout at the Ryder Cup, beating Europe 19-9 at Whistling Straits last September with Wisconsin native Steve Stricker as captain.

Stricker was part of the Ryder Cup committee — three PGA Tour players and three PGA of America executives — that chose the next captain.

Europe have yet to announce their next captain, a process that has been slowed down as some candidates considered joining a rival Saudi-funded league that has yet to kick off.

Johnson has played in five Ryder Cups, part of a rocky career that began with him leading the country on mini-tours out of college and now includes 12 PGA Tour victories, including the Masters in 2007 and the British Open in 2015 in Saint André.

Once a self-proclaimed “normal guy” from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, he joined Tiger Woods, Nick Faldo, Seve Ballesteros, Jack Nicklaus and Sam Snead as the only players to win at Augusta National and St. Andrews.

The Americans have only won the Ryder Cup four of the last 13 times, and their last away victory was in 1993 at the Belfry in England.

The Ryder Cup returned to odd-numbered years when matches in 2020 were postponed for a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Whistling Straits had a packed house of fans, but because of travel restrictions they were overwhelmingly Americans.

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