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Zach Johnson Tries to Finish a 30-Yr Drought

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What have you ever realized from previous captains on how you can make a group gel?

One, the extra we will be collectively as a group, to any capability, the higher. Two, choosing a group doesn’t have an ideal method. There’s present type of play, what the golf course calls for, greatest pairings, expertise or lack thereof, and lots of extra facets. Three, an excellent group has possession and funding by its gamers. That might be a main objective from the start. Having a few of these gamers tackle management roles — some vocal, some by instance — might be paramount.

What was the concept behind the scouting week in Rome earlier than the Ryder Cup?

It is a course that almost all, if not all, of our guys haven’t performed. To get their ft on the bottom of Marco Simone forward of the Cup was crucial. Having observe time there can solely make a really making an attempt, totally different, generally troublesome week of the Cup that rather more manageable and comfy. Plus, we had been collectively as a group, hanging out, consuming collectively, seeing Rome collectively, bonding.

You and Luke Donald, the European captain, are contemporaries. Has data from taking part in towards him factored into your resolution making?

My friendship or previous experiences with Luke on or off the course is not going to dictate any of my resolution making. Neither considered one of us is hitting any pictures.

What would be the greatest problem of taking part in in Rome?

The European group is stacked with stars like Jon Rahm, Rory McIlroy and Viktor Hovland. We might be taking part in in entrance of a massively partisan crowd in Rome making an attempt to interrupt a 30-year drought by profitable away from the USA, taking part in as an underdog. With this being mentioned, our group sees this as a terrific take a look at and alternative to go compete on the grandest stage in golf and convey the Cup again dwelling.