Justin Thomas has made the Ryder Cup workforce regardless of having the worst 12 months of his PGA Tour profession.
This season, Thomas missed the minimize at three main championships, didn’t make the weekend at three different occasions, and didn’t even qualify for the FedEx Cup playoffs.
“Clearly, kind is part of our decision-making course of; there are a variety of parts in that course of, and kind is considered one of them,” U.S. Captain Zach Johnson stated Tuesday.
“However so is match for the golf course, match for the workforce room, expertise, and in my thoughts, when you’re speaking about [Thomas] particularly, he has ardour and full confidence in [the Ryder Cup]. He’s the place he belongs.”
Johnson picked Thomas due to his excellent Ryder Cup report, his expertise taking part in effectively on European soil, and since he will get alongside effectively with seemingly everybody on the American workforce.
Thomas led Crew USA with 4 factors on the 2018 Ryder Cup, the final time the competitors was held in Europe.
These two gamers, in addition to different Ryder Cup candidates, have carried out significantly better than Thomas this season. Each Bradley and Glover even made it to the Tour Championship.
So unsurprisingly, this choose has created loads of controversy amongst golf followers on-line:
Sam Burns was picked as a result of he’s good mates with Scottie Scheffler. Justin Thomas bought picked as a result of he’s good mates with Rickie Fowler and Jordan Spieth.
The outdated expression “it’s not who you might be it’s who ” couldn’t be extra true.
— Tour Professional ️♂️ (@OfficialTourPro) August 29, 2023
Very dissatisfied that Lucas Glover is not on the Ryder Cup workforce this 12 months. He is the very best ball striker on Tour and has his placing straightened out. Justin Thomas higher maker Zach Johnson look good as a result of this will probably be 2nd guessed. #RyderCup
— TheGetDown71 (@TDown71) August 29, 2023
However some reactions for Thomas’ choice to the workforce have been constructive:
Numerous folks debating the JT choose! The dude is a beast. 16-5-3 in workforce competitors. Look over on the different facet, Ian Poulter has been a captains choose in his final 4 Ryder Cups! Didn’t make it on factors and nobody ever questioned it! Why? Bc he’s a beast in workforce occasions!!!
— Colt Knost (@ColtKnost) August 29, 2023
Right here’s only one instance of how a lot power Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas deliver within the Ryder Cup.
Rome isn’t prepared for these two. pic.twitter.com/qk7H0pDyj1
— Jacob Rhymer (@Rhymetime05) August 29, 2023
And, after all, many followers advocated for Bradley’s place on the workforce versus Thomas:
I like Justin Thomas, however he has completely zero enterprise being on the Ryder cup workforce. A man like Keegan Bradley deserves that’s spot 100x greater than a fan favourite choose. Play to win, don’t play for rankings….
— Brian Dunn (@bdunny17) August 29, 2023
Keegan Bradley must be on the Ryder Cup workforce
Bradley has extra wins this 12 months than all the opposite captain’s picks. Lucas Glover does too
Additionally Bryson DeChambeau would have been a greater choose than Justin Thomas imo
Doubt we’re profitable with this workforce
However will nonetheless be watching!
— max gagliardi (@max_gagliardi) August 29, 2023
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