Zach Johnson doesn’t mind another new partner
Zach Johnson is ready to play with another new partner at the
At his first Cup appearance in 2006, Johnson played his matches
with three different partners: Chad Campbell, Scott Verplank and
Cink is the only one of those three on this year’s team, so
Johnson knows he’ll likely be matched with another partner at
Celtic Manor. He doesn’t mind a bit.
”My game is fairly obvious,” Johnson said. ”It’s not that
flashy. It’s pretty boring. I prefer boring golf. My point is, I
think you could be put with just about anybody and I could
Four years ago, Johnson halved his match with Campbell, won his
match with Verplank but lost in his pairing with Cink. The
Europeans went on to a dominating 18 1/2-9 1/2 victory.
”They were deep in talent and played magnificent,” Johnson
recalled. ”As with any Cup team that wins, you have to make a lot
of putts, and that year the Europeans made a lot of putts and a lot
of putts when they needed to. That’s really what it boiled down
Johnson failed to make the Ryder Cup team in 2008. Instead, he
watched on television as the Americans regained the cup with 16
1/2-11 1/2 triumph.
”My game was not in proper form at the time,” he said. ”I
felt like I was part of that team indirectly. You are an American.
That’s your 12 best going out of compete. I wasn’t able to go out
there and play, but fortunately I am this year.”
Johnson spoke in the media center while a driving rain pounded
the roof above, and he was fully aware that the forecast calls for
periods of rain the rest of the week.
”We are in delays all the time and playing in it all the
time,” Johnson said. ”I remember a handful of days where it
rained from the first tee to the 18th green. … I hope that’s not
the case. But I’m a mudder. I don’t mind grinding it out.”