Zach Johnson refuses to rule out picking LIV Golfers for Ryder Cup

US Ryder Cup captain Zach Johnson leaves the door ajar for LIV golfers to be picked for this year’s event in Rome – insisting ‘I’m not one to ever say never’ – after defector Brooks Koepka stormed to victory at the PGA Championship

  • Brooks Koepka won the PGA Championship by two shots on Sunday evening
  • He is one of a number of LIV Golf defectors in fine form ahead of the Ryder Cup
  • US captain Zach Johnson has refused to rule out picking LIV golfers for his team 

Zach Johnson has refused to say whether he would pick in-form LIV golfers such as Brooks Koepka for his US Ryder Cup team this autumn.

American defectors remain eligible if they can amass enough ranking points to be top-six in the US Cup standings, or if they make a case with their performances for one of Johnson’s six picks. 

The politics of the LIV furore have made a saga of that powderkeg situation, but Koepka — who led the Masters after 54 holes and then won here from the same position — is in such good form he must be in the conversation. 

But Johnson is offering little encouragement to the likes of Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau, saying he has no plans to attend any LIV events and appearing to suggest he has not followed any broadcasts either. 

‘I think the luxury of me being captain is I’m still relevant and prevalent out on the PGA Tour,’ said Johnson on Sunday. 

Brooks Koepka (above) secured a two-shot victory at the PGA Championship on Sunday

Fellow LIV Golf defector Bryson DeChambeau (above) also had a strong week at Oak Hill

US Ryder Cup captain Zach Johnson has not ruled out picking LIV golfers for this year’s event

‘So for me to abandon that on a week where I could be out there and go where the bulk of my players are going to come from, would be irresponsible and inappropriate.’

Asked to clarify if he would go to one of the LIV tournaments to keep a closer eye on progress, he added: ‘Hasn’t been discussed. I’m not one that’s ever to say never but it’s not been discussed.’

Johnson has indicated it is too early for such deliberations. That may raise eyebrows with less than five months until the clash in Rome.

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