Ryder Cup: Bryson DeChambeau blasts Zach Johnson amid LIV Golf division

by Joanne Miller

Bryson DeChambeau, the controversial American golfer, continues to feel slighted and overlooked by the golfing community, most recently by U.S. Ryder Cup captain Zach Johnson. Despite his impressive performances and recent victories, DeChambeau was not selected for the Ryder Cup team, a decision that he finds disappointing and unfair.

DeChambeau’s disappointment stems from his recent success on the LIV Golf tour, where he won the Chicago event by one stroke over Anirban Lahiri and Marc Leishman. This win marked his second victory on the Saudi-backed tour in just two months, with his first win coming at the Greenbrier in August, where he shot a remarkable 12-under 58.

However, DeChambeau’s hot streak and consistent performances were not acknowledged by captain Zach Johnson, which left DeChambeau feeling frustrated and overlooked. In an interview after his victory in Chicago, DeChambeau expressed his disappointment, stating that it would have been nice to receive a call from Johnson during the Ryder Cup selection process.

DeChambeau went on to mention that he believes there were other players on the LIV Golf tour who should have been considered for the Ryder Cup team. Despite not being selected, DeChambeau remains focused on his game and continues to work hard to be the best player he can be.

The only player from the LIV Golf tour who will compete in the Ryder Cup is Brooks Koepka, who was one of Johnson’s captain’s picks. DeChambeau expressed his happiness for Koepka but couldn’t help but feel a sting of disappointment himself. He believes that given his recent performances, he could have contributed valuable points to Team USA.

This is not the first time DeChambeau has participated in the Ryder Cup. In 2018, he made his debut but failed to secure a victory, compiling a 0-3-0 record. However, in the most recent Ryder Cup in 2021, DeChambeau performed much better, contributing to Team USA’s victory with a 2-0-1 record.

DeChambeau feels that his recent performances have shown his growth as a player and his ability to contribute to Team USA’s success. He believes that he is playing better than ever and hopes to have another chance to compete in the Ryder Cup in the future.

In response to DeChambeau’s comments, captain Zach Johnson explained that the selection process is based on a points system established by the PGA of America. He stated that he focused on the top 20 to 25 players in the points system when selecting the team. While he did not mention DeChambeau directly, it is implied that DeChambeau did not fall within the captain’s top 25.

This indirectly speaks to how Johnson and the PGA of America view LIV Golf events, which may not carry as much weight as other tournaments. However, the situation could change in the coming years due to the PGA Tour’s pending agreement with the Saudi Public Investment Fund.

For now, DeChambeau will have to watch the Ryder Cup from home and hope for the best for Team USA. His disappointment and frustration may fuel his determination to continue improving his game and prove himself as a valuable asset to future Ryder Cup teams.

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