2023 US Ryder Cup captain Zach Johnson is learning all he can this week as assistant captain of the Presidents Cup, lessons he hopes will help produce victory next year in Italy.
Johnson will assist US Presidents Cup captain Davis Love against the non-European international team at Quail Hollow, looking for clues to help his Ryder Cup cause against Europe.
“I’m going to learn and I’m going to keep learning,” Johnson said Wednesday. “I’m taking notes. Sometimes they are very, very large in magnitude, and other times they are very small.
“But sometimes those little things can go a long way.”
The Americans are coming off an epic 19-9 victory in the European Ryder Cup last year under captain Steve Stricker, another of this week’s USA assistant captains, who helped pass on systems and knowledge.
“You’re seeing better team results in US golf because it’s gotten more consistent from team to team,” Stricker said.
“We have this ability to learn more and more every year and create these matchups that we know, or hope to know, will work.
“I think that can only benefit us for next year’s Ryder Cup games, and then we’ll use the stuff that Zach did for next year’s Presidents Cup.
Johnson won the 2007 Masters and the 2015 British Open. The 46-year-old son of a chiropractor won 12 PGA Tour titles and played on four Presidents Cup-winning teams and five US Ryder Cup squads, including the triumphant 2016 lineup.
“I’ve learned a lot, both from the captains I played for and those I’ve served with,” Johnson said. “We have kind of a template, a system, in place.”
That foundation, built in the wake of a 2014 US Ryder Cup loss at Gleneagles, has allowed the captains to put their tweaks on a basic formula.
“The beauty of it is the personality of that leader who can jump into that system and have his own shape, add his own nuances to it and it can be his team,” Johnson said. “You can customize it even within the system.”
Johnson said he won’t be messing with the US core program as he tries to lead the US to its first win in Europe since 1993.
“I’m not going to reinvent the wheel next year,” Johnson said. “I think the synergy that we have year after year is there. The rhythm is there.”
– Lessons from Medinah –
Stricker, who also captained a 19-11 loss for the Internationals at the 2017 US Presidents Cup, says the Americans aren’t too confident this week, even with an 11-1-1 lead in the overall rivalry and eight wins in a row, without ever losing. in native land.
But Stricker said the lack of complacency has its roots in the Miracle in Medinah’s 2012 US Ryder Cup loss to Europe, which won 8.5 points in singles for a comeback victory over a US team captained by Sees it.
“We learned from the 2012 Ryder Cup team and how we had this opportunity to win the Ryder Cup in Medinah, with a four-point lead going into Sunday, and we didn’t take enough time, really, and we didn’t do the right things.” , Stricker. said.
“Davis would be the first to acknowledge that, I think. We probably didn’t think about it enough.”
Stricker said he made sure those lessons were learned so there was no chance of a similar fate last year.
“We put in a lot of time and made sure we got it right… knowing the history of what the Europeans did,” he said.
“There’s no complacency here at all. These guys know that anybody can beat anybody at this level. There’s not one of them that isn’t taking this very, very seriously.”
“That’s been Davis’ approach to this on messaging, that we can’t just think we can show up and win this. We’ve got to go out there and play nice and take care of business.”