ROCHESTER NEW YORK – As U.S. Ryder Cup captain Zack Johnson on Sunday spoke sheepishly of Brooks Koepka’s chances of joining the Ryder Cup team before Koepka goes on to win the PGA Championship, saying there were “still 54 holes left” to play, Koepka left few of doubt as to whether it belongs.
The PGA Championship win moves Koepka, who plays on the LIV Golf Tour, to sixth in the Ryder Cup points tally. And Scotty Scheffler explained after his tour what his thoughts are on the matter.
“I want to win the Ryder Cup,” Scheffler said. “I don’t care about touring or anything like that. I want to win the Ryder Cup. It’s something we talked about last year when we finished, or I think a year and a half ago now. We want to defeat these guys in Europe. It’s been a long time since we beat them [on European soil].
“No matter what top 12 players make up a complete team, it is different from individual tournaments. We want a team of players who will go out there together to bring the trophy home, and that’s all that really matters to me.”
Ryder Cup in September in Italy.
Tied for second on Sunday, Scheffler passed John Rahm for the No. 1 spot in the world rankings as Ram finished 50th.
Scheffler asked after the final round of 68: “Am I going to be No. 1 again? This is amazing. I mean, it’s just an algorithm. It’s cute, but I really don’t care. I don’t play for the world ranking. I play to get out here and compete. Right now, I’m a little sad that I didn’t get to make the championship, but I’m proud of the way I fought, and I’m proud of the way I played in the back nine today to give myself a chance.
“I was beaten by someone who was playing better this week, and I beat Brooks. ”
Ram was in no mood to rate his week when asked, after finishing 50th in seventh place, saying: “It’s too early for you to ask me about that now; I just finished.
“It is too early to think about it. Despite this, there is always something positive. But I’ll think about it tonight or tomorrow and kind of reflect on the championship. However, there is always something to learn. It’s golf. When you think, “Oh, I get this,” it kicks you in the mouth, and you have to start over. It happens to everyone. It wasn’t my best week, but I don’t think it was terrible either. ”
For the sixth year in a row, Jordan Spieth has left the PGA Championship without the Wanamaker Cup and is still chasing an elusive Grand Slam career.
Spieth, whose victory at the 2017 British Open was the third stop, moving him close to Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Ben Hogan, Gene Sarazen and Gary Player as the only players in golf history to win all four Grand Slams, closing out the 105th course on Sunday. . in a tie for 29 at 5 at par.
“[Coming] Being from Hilton Head, I would say I am more excited than ever to have this opportunity,” said Speth. “Then from there it went down a little bit. I just made a very bad back turn in Charlotte Monday morning. Then I ended up playing a bad kind of fighting it out a bit, and me [injured my left] On the one hand, Friday evening.
“So I just had some random stuff that instead of earning a right in Hilton Head going forward and the fact that Augusta Sunday stretch to Hilton Head. It’s life, that’s what happens. My expectations changed. I didn’t think I would be here. ”
Spieth said the hand injury was “something that hockey players didn’t tell anyone about until they got back to playing.”
“I’m a little disappointed, but going into the week it was hard for me not to sign with my spot, which is a really weird thing for me to say in a major. Surprisingly, a couple of weeks ago I would have signed up for this so easily.”