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Johnson captains US team at Ryder Cup in Rome

Zach Johnson will captain the United States when they defend their Ryder Cup crown against Europe in Italy next year, the PGA of America confirmed Monday.

A member of five Ryder Cup teams and vice-captain of the last two editions of the biennial team tournament, Johnson was named by PGAA President Jim Richerson.

“I am confident that Zach’s appointment will be extremely popular with both the players and the American golf community,” Richerson said in a statement.

“He checks every leadership box imaginable and we expect the American team in Italy to reflect the hard work, guts and selfless determination that have long defined his stellar playing career.”

The next Ryder Cup will take place at the Marco Simone Golf and Country Club in Rome from September 25 to October 1 next year.

Johnson, 46, set an 8-7-2 overall game record in Ryder Cup play and was part of winning teams as a player in 2016 and vice-captain in last year’s pandemic-postponed edition.

“Accepting this captaincy and leading this U.S. Ryder Cup team overseas after what we accomplished in Whistling Straits last year is simply the greatest honor of my professional career,” said two-time major winner Johnson.

“To win, we will have to beat a European team that will have both enough talent and motivation on their side. I can’t wait to dig in and start the process of putting our team in the best possible position to to succeed.”

The US holds the Ryder Cup after beating Europe 19-9 last year.

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