Zach Johnson's Picks Show DeChambeau And DJ The Price Of Joining LIV Golf

DeChambeau and Johnson appear not have been considered for wildcard picks after finishing well down the Ryder Cup points list

Dustin Johnson and Bryson DeChambeau speak at a LIV press conference
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Zach Johnson hinted that he didn't even call Bryson DeChambeau or Dustin Johnson after not picking either of the Major-winning LIV stars for this year's Ryder Cup.

The US captain went with Sam Burns, Brooks Koepka, Rickie Fowler, Collin Morikawa, Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas as his six wildcard picks, opting for those names ahead of the likes of Keegan Bradley, Cameron Young, Lucas Glover and both Johnson and DeChambeau.

Dustin Johnson famously went 5-0 at Whistling Straits last time out, while DeChambeau has returned to form this summer, notably winning the LIV Golf Greenbrier event after a 58 in the final round.

It seems that Johnson's picks show that the pair have paid the price of joining LIV Golf and missing out on earning Ryder Cup points in PGA Tour events.

LIV players had only the Majors to earn points in, and Brooks Koepka's T2 at The Masters and win at the PGA Championship earned him enough to finish 7th in the standings and gain a wildcard pick.

DeChambeau and Johnson, though, finished in 54th and 40th in the points list, with captain Johnson hinting that neither received a call.

Both men accepted offers reported to be north of $100m to join LIV Golf, with Johnson named the highest paid golfer in the world by Forbes and DeChambeau in seventh-position.

Had the star duo remained on the PGA Tour, they would have had tens more opportunities to earn points over the past 18 months and could well have found themselves inside the top six qualifying spots or at least in contention for a pick.

Other big name LIV players to miss out include 'Captain America' Patrick Reed, who misses his second consecutive Ryder Cup, Talor Gooch, who has won three times in the LIV Golf League this year, and Phil Mickelson, who will play no part in a Ryder Cup as a player or assistant captain for the first time since 1995.

With the golf world potentially unifying at the end of the year thanks to the proposed agreement between the PGA and DP World Tours along with the Saudi Arabia Public Investment Fund, the chances of LIV players being part of the 2025 Ryder Cup may well be greatly improved.

Elliott Heath
Senior Staff Writer

Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news, features, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as four Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. His first Open was in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, when he walked inside the ropes with Jordan Spieth during the Texan's memorable Claret Jug triumph. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Western Gailes, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 2-5. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!

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