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Report: Zach Johnson makes huge Justin Thomas decision as Ryder Cup wildcard picks revealed



*Update* In addition to the five names mentioned below, Zach Johnson confirmed the addition of Sam Burns to his team this Tuesday morning.

USA Confirmed Wildcard Picks: Justin Thomas, Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler, Brooks Koepka, Collin Morikawa and Sam Burns.

As first reported by The Guardian, Zach Johnson has decided on five of the six captain’s picks for the Ryder Cup.

Per the report, among the five picks is two-time major champion Justin Thomas. Although not completely unexpected, the pick may raise some eyebrows due to the 30-year-old’s poor form this season. JT finished 71st in the FedEx Cup standings and missed five of his last eight cuts to end the season.

Johnson is clearly giving Thomas the benefit of the doubt due to his strong Ryder Cup record where the American is 6-2-1 in his nine matches in 2018 and 2021.

Brooks Koepka, who fell from an automatic qualifying spot after the BMW Championship, is also expected to be one of ZJ’s picks. Despite his PGA Championship victory and runner-up finish at the Masters, there was still a bit of skepticism regarding Koepka being a surefire pick due to his defection to LIV.

Per The Guardian, Rickie Fowler, Jordan Spieth and Collin Morikawa are all also expected to be among the six captain’s picks, leaving one spot remaining.

The final pick will likely come down to one of Tony Finau, Sam Burns, Cameron Young or Keegan Bradley, with Lucas Glover seemingly on the outside looking in.

The six players will join Scottie Scheffler, Patrick Cantlay, Xander Schauffele, Max Homa, Brian Harman and Wyndham Clark on the trip to Rome on the week of September 25th-October 1st.

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  1. Jubby

    Sep 15, 2023 at 3:47 pm

    Why pick a guy that at the moment has lost his game when you could have picked Lucas who is lights out right now

  2. Jimmy

    Sep 1, 2023 at 12:05 pm

    JT is the new Hunter Mahan.

  3. GM

    Aug 29, 2023 at 8:52 pm

    Couldn’t be more disappointed in the selection of JT in particular and a couple of the others. This team does not represent America’s best and, once again, the Europeans will have a great chance of victory. In our favor, the Euros can’t select their best either due to their decision to eliminate LIV players from consideration.
    Merit has little to do with anything in the world today….especially in the western world to our detriment.

  4. Mike

    Aug 29, 2023 at 7:41 pm

    Americans don’t know how to make hard decisions anymore or they just don’t have the guts.

  5. Robert Jensen

    Aug 29, 2023 at 12:36 pm

    Come on Zach. JT has no business on this team.

  6. Roger H

    Aug 29, 2023 at 12:25 pm

    Good ol boy club pick for sure JT has stunk it up this year and will only bring that stink with him. Lost a bit of respect for Zack on this one. No warrior mentality A bit WOKE ¡!¡

  7. PJ

    Aug 29, 2023 at 6:27 am

    Pick 1 – 12 by Ryder Cup ranking. I thought the idea was to pick the best players. I would definitely pick Brooks and also DJ. I definitely would not pick JT. He has not played well all year.


    Aug 29, 2023 at 12:02 am

    Koepka is a no. If Glover played better last two weeks, but the putter wasn’t working.

  9. Titanic Thompson

    Aug 28, 2023 at 11:50 pm

    Let me guess his last pick will be Hunter Mahan.

  10. Titanic Thompson

    Aug 28, 2023 at 11:49 pm

    JT is a joke of a pick, his game is at a all time low. Zach is looking like a failed Ryder Captain already.

  11. No jt

    Aug 28, 2023 at 11:00 pm

    A jt pick is unamerican. I would actively root against usa for it.

    • Gary Stauffenberg

      Aug 29, 2023 at 12:21 pm

      Agreed. This is like the group of cool kids — Speith/Thomas and Scheffler / Burns–winning the prom.. Friendship goes only so far. Glover (JT) and perhaps Bradley (over Burns) earned it….and I love Speith and Scheffler.

      I’ll not be disappointed if this buddy system gets their arses beat. And then imagine Capt. Zach everyday back home in Sea Island with fellow resident Lucas.

  12. R

    Aug 28, 2023 at 10:53 pm

    Euros have this in the bag!!! What a dumb decision. The dude is not playing well, why would you pick ANY player who’s not playing well???? Great for the Euros though. Good news.

  13. Pearson

    Aug 28, 2023 at 10:12 pm

    If Koepka and Thomas make it over Glover, I’ll be (strongly) rooting for the Europeans. Thomas’s game is trash right now and who knows about Koepka’s game considering he hasn’t played in a meaningful tournament in months. Plus Koepka would be an emotional vacuum in the team room even if he hadn’t gone to live; that much worse now. And everyone cites Thomas’s Ryder Cup record, but no one seems to note that an individual player is only ~30% responsible for their record. 50% is dictated by how well or poorly opponents play and another ~20% by how well or poorly partners play in fourballs and twosomes.

  14. Ray smith

    Aug 28, 2023 at 8:55 pm

    4 those who care watch josh Hawley speak to the PGA on youtube

  15. Mike Ruddy

    Aug 28, 2023 at 7:54 pm

    The whole process of captain’s picks is a farce. You’re either in the clique or not. There are a lot more deserving players based on performance than Justin Thomas.

  16. Al

    Aug 28, 2023 at 7:00 pm

    Thomas pick is crap!

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Vincenzi’s 2023 Ryder Cup betting preview: Justin Thomas ready to silence doubters in Rome



After a long, five-year wait, the 2023 Ryder Cup is back on European soil.

In 2021, the United States team won in dominating fashion, 19-9. The win marked the first time that the U.S. won in back-to-back home Ryder Cups since 1979 and 1983.

The last time the Europeans hosted the Ryder Cup was 2018, where they won convincingly 17.5-10.5 at Le Golf National in France.

Europe has won seven of the last ten editions of the premier golfing showcase. However, the U.S. has won two of the past three competitions and entire this latest affair as the favorite. 

Marco Simone is a par-71, measuring at 7,268 yards and features Bentgrass greens. The fairways are comprised of paspalum and the rough is fescue. The course was designed by Jim Fazio and David Mezzacane and is located 10 miles from the center of the Rome and is surrounded by the green of the Roman countryside. The course has hosted the last three Italian Open’s on the DP World Tour. 


I bet Europe to win the Ryder Cup at +185 on multiple occasions between October of 2021 and April of 2023, but the line has plummeted over the past few weeks. The United States are -160 and Europe is +130 as it stands now.

The last extremely close Ryder Cup we’ve seen was in 2012 when the European Team came back to stun the United States at Medinah by a score of 14.5 to 13.5. I believe 2023 is the year we finally get another excruciatingly close finish on Sunday at the Ryder Cup and it will come down to the last few matches.

Therefore, I still believe the value lies with Europe and would bet it at any number better than +120.

Top European Point Scorer: Ludvig Aberg +1800 (Caesars)

Prior to Ludvig Aberg’s victory at the Omega European Masters, there was some debate as to whether or not Ludvig Aberg was deserving of a captain’s pick with such little experience in professional golf. However, I believe Aberg’s spot was long secured whether or not he won at Crans. Donald was paired with Aberg at Detroit Golf Club for the Rocket Mortgage Classic and was awestruck by his talent. From then on, it was a foregone conclusion that the young Swede would be in Rome, for better or worse.

Given his skill set and recent play, I strongly believe Aberg will be paired with either Viktor Hovland or Rory McIlroy over the first few days of the Ryder Cup. Marco Simone is a difficult course off the tee, and Aberg is already one of the best in the world in Strokes Gained: Off the Tee. He should set up perfectly for the golf course.

Playing with one of Europe’s strongest players will increase the likelihood of Aberg accruing points over the fourball and foursome portion of the event, so the pairing is crucial. In the team’s scouting trip to Rome, Aberg played with Hovland in a match against McIlroy and Tommy Fleetwood, so that could give a sneak peak into Donald’s plans for Rome.

Aberg will have to compete with his playing companions for top scorer, but at more than three times the odds, I believe Aberg carries significant value in this market.

Top United States Point Scorer: Justin Thomas (+1200 via BetRivers), Top Captain’s Pick (+450 via DraftKings)

The inclusion of Justin Thomas in this year’s Ryder Cup was controversial. The two-time major champion had arguably the worst season of his career, failing to make the FedEx Cup playoffs and missing the cut in five of his last eight starts to end the season.

Despite the struggles all year, JT has seemed to turn a corner this fall, and should thrive in the format that he’s been so successful at throughout his career.

At the Fortinet Championship, Thomas finished in 5th place and gained 6.7 strokes on the field on approach, which was his best performance in that category since last year. He has worked tirelessly over the past few months to get ready for the Ryder Cup, and I believe he will perform well.

JT is a combined 16-5-2 in Ryder Cup’s and President’s Cups and the format undoubtedly brings out the best in the fiery competitor. Like it or not, Thomas is the heart and soul of the American side. For that reason, I strongly believe Thomas will play a minimum of four times on the week, with five being a real possibility. The most important aspect of betting this market is identifying the players who will play the most, and his track record with Jordan Spieth and relationship with Zach Johnson would indicate he’ll be out there for much of the competition.

We are being offered a discounted price on Thomas for his poor 2023, but he will have every opportunity to turn it around at Marco Simone.


Correct Score: Europe 14.5, USA 13.5 (+1300 via DraftKings)

Correct Score: USA 14.5, Europe 13.5 (+1000 via DraftKings)

Last week, we saw the Solheim Cup come down to the wire, and I believe a similar scenario will unfold at the Ryder Cup. There hasn’t been a down-to-the-wire Ryder Cup since Medinah and 2012, but that will change this year. These teams are as evenly matched as I can remember, and the home soil advantage will help neutralize the U.S. team’s slightly superior depth. These odds are long enough to sprinkle and hope for a spectacular finish down the stretch.


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5 examples of how Lexi Thompson has been treated harsher than any of her peers



Following Lexi Thompson’s Solheim Cup post-round presser on Friday evening, the 28-year-old has been the topic of much discussion.

Golf pundits and fans alike have been weighing in with their takes after this exchange with a reporter surrounding an untimely shank on Friday afternoon went viral:

After the incident, LPGA Hall of Famer Nancy Lopez said that Lexi has “been picked on and drug through negative comments. She is tired of it”

So has the criticism of Lexi Thompson been justified, or is this yet another example of her being unfairly treated?

Well, here are five times, in my opinion, that Lexi has been scrutinized far differently over the years than her peers.

2022 KPMG PGA Championship

At the 2022 KPMG PGA Championship, Lexi Thompson held a two-stroke lead with three holes to play. She couldn’t close the deal and lost the tournament.

Afterwards, she was fined $2k (as were the rest of the group) for slow play.

Lexi declined to speak to the media and got hammered on social media for doing so…

Almost every golfer at some point has skipped a media session following disappointment on the course, and nobody has really batted an eyelid.

Tiger skipped back-to-back post-round media briefings at the 2019 WGC Mexico after being frustrated with his putting. Remember the backlash over that? Nah, me neither.

Donald Trump


Every (or nearly every) big-name golfer under the sun has played golf with Donald Trump. Tiger Woods, Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy etc. Nobody really cared.

For whatever reason, when Lexi Thompson did, it was a story, and she took herself off social media soon after the photo was posted.


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A post shared by Lexi Thompson (@lexi)

2021 U.S. Women’s Open

In the final round of the 2021 U.S. Women’s Open, Lexi Thompson had a 6-foot eagle on her opening hole. She missed and made birdie to lead by five.

She then lost the tournament.

Following the round, Brandel Chamblee said on ‘Live From’:

“She’s got 6 feet away. Now professional golfers don’t miss the center of the face by a pinhead. Look where she hits this putt on the very 1st hole. Look where this putt comes off the face. She would have missed the center of the putter there by a half an inch. I have never — I have never — seen a professional golfer miss the center of the putter by a wider margin than that. That was at the 1st hole. “

Honest? Absolutely. Correct? Brandel usually is. Has any other LPGA golfer been handed the full-on Chamblee treatment? Not to my knowledge.

2023 Solheim Cup

Lexi Thompson spoke the words, “I don’t need to comment on that” when a reporter asked her about a failed shot, and the golf community collectively lost their minds.

Lost on many people is the fact that she literally answered the question instantly after.

Jessica Korda described the reporting of the awkward exchange with the media member as yet another example of the golf media shredding Lexi, but in reality, it was really just golf media covering the furore created by golf fans reacting to the viral clip.

Lexi then won her next two matches, collecting 3 points from 4 for the U.S. team. But nobody seems to care about that.


‘yOu ShoUlD PrAcTIce puTTinG’

There’s very few golfers that have been plagued with such inane posts on their Instagram page as Lexi Thompson has.

I’ve tracked golfer’s social media accounts over the past few years (job requirement, sort of?). I can categorically say that Lexi gets some of the angriest and most aggressive responses to her posts of any golfer. Male or female. (She also gets some very nice ones too).

Despite countless posts of Thompson relentlessly practising her putting, the number of comments from dummies accusing her of neglecting that area of her game is both bizarre and alarming. Notice how the comments have been disabled on the post below? Probably not a coincidence.


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A post shared by Lexi Thompson (@lexi)

Go on any other golfer’s social account, and it will be hard to find the same dynamic.

Throw in the scandalous rules decision at the 2017 ANA Inspiration that cost her a second major title and spawned the “Lexi rule,” and it’s hard not to think Lexi has had a bit of a raw deal at times.

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Bryson DeChambeau had a message for Zach Johnson over Ryder Cup snub following latest LIV win



Bryson DeChambeau’s top form continued at the latest LIV Golf event in Chicago, with the 30-year-old claiming his second individual win on the new tour over the weekend.

The victory comes after DeChambeau fired an incredible 58 earlier this summer, and his subsequent ommission from the U.S. Ryder Cup side raised some eyebrows.

Following his victory in Chicago, Bryson told media that “it would have been nice to at least just have a call” as he opened up on being snubbed for Ryder Cup consideration by captain Zach Johnson.

“If you look at it, it would have been nice to at least just have a call. There are numerous people that I think Zach should have called out here, and we didn’t get that.

“I understand, I get it, but we’re nothing different. We’re still competing. We’re still working super hard to be the best we possibly can be.
“I don’t know if it was back ended or whatnot. I’m not up to make that discussion available.

“I have no idea what it was or who made that decision, but it would have been nice for them to consider us more because we’re pretty damn good out here.”

Bryson added:

“Brooks is obviously going to kill it for Team USA next week and excited for the team, but yeah, it definitely does sting a little bit.

“Say what you want, we’re still golfers, and I personally think that given the way I played this week, I could have definitely racked up some points for Team USA.”

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