Zach Johnson selected as USA captain for 2023 Ryder Cup – NBC Chicago

Winning the Ryder Cup golf tournament has proven to be an elusive goal for the United States over the past few decades, but the team will now look to two-time Major Champion Zach Johnson to get the job done, as he will serve as captain. at the 2023 event in Italy.

Johnson, a 12-time PGA TOUR winner and five-time Ryder Cup team member, will be tasked with winning the event on European soil, something no American team has done in nearly three decades.

“It’s going to be tough,” he said. “But it’s also just a great opportunity to go out there and give those guys a chance to be themselves and play with freedom, and that’s how I’m going to approach it.”

According to ESPN, Steve Stricker will serve as Johnson’s assistant at the event after winning the last Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits.

Johnson has won 12 career PGA Tour events and won two major championships, winning the 2007 Masters and the 2015 Open Championship at St. Andrews.

Veteran Ryder Cupper has participated in the event five times, scoring nine points in the tournament. He was a member of the 2016 United States team that won at Hazeltine, Minnesota, earning a decisive 17-11 victory.

Johnson racked up three points for Team USA in Medinah in 2012 but saw Team Europe come back from a four-point deficit on the final day to claim the trophy.

The Americans are hoping for back-to-back Ryder Cup victories after choking Europe 19-9 at Whistling Straits in 2021, but it will be a tall order as they haven’t won a Ryder Cup contest in Europe in all of way back to the Belfry in 1993.

Europe have won four of the last six Ryder Cups and seven of the last 10, including the 2018 event in Paris which Team Europe won in a whirlwind fashion.

The 2023 Ryder Cup will be played at Marco Simone Golf and Country Club in Italy, marking the first time the event has been held on Italian soil.

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