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Davis Love and Zach Johnson named US Ryder Cup vice-captains

Richie McCormack
Richie McCormack

20:25 11 May 2020

United States Ryder Cup captain Steve Stricker has named Davis Love III and Zach Johnson as two of his vice-captains. 

2018 captain Jim Furyk had already been revealed as part of Stricker's backroom team.

The US are attempting to win back the famous trophy from Padraig Harrington's Europe at Whistling Straits in September.

The tournament is still slated to go ahead despite the continued threat of the coronavirus pandemic.

Love is himself a former US captain, leading the United States at Medinah in 2012, and again four years later with a comfortable victory at Hazeltine.

Johnson isn't short of experience on this stage either. He was a vice-captain to Furyk in Paris two-years ago.

He also served as a vice-captain on Tiger Woods' President's Cup team last year.

While Harrington hasn't formally revealed his full cadre of vice-captains, he did let slip that former world number 1 Luke Donald would be among them.

As a player, Johnson represented the US at five Ryder Cups and said of his vice-captaincy this time around, "It’s always an honor to be part of the U.S. Ryder Cup Team.

"In a domestic Ryder Cup, it’s important to defend ‘our turf,’ and to do so on behalf of Steve — in his home state at Whistling Straits — is a great opportunity for our team to make a statement."

Stricker believes he has the right blend in his backroom.

"With the Ryder Cup it's important to surround yourself with quality individuals who you can lean on and who have the best interests of the team in mind,” said the US captain.

"Jim (Furyk) and I have talked about this a lot in the last year and now we are happy to add two Ryder Cup veterans in Zach and Davis to the conversation with the goal of putting this team in a prime position to win.

"Both Zach and Davis share a passion to compete at the highest level and are strong communicators, which is important, especially when we’re in the heat of competition."

September will be Love's eleventh Ryder Cup as both a player and captain/vice-captain.

He's praised the leadership shown already by Stricker, "Steve has been such a consistent presence on this team, both as a player and as a Vice Captain, and now it’s his time to lead.

"He has a terrific vision for what he wants our U.S. Team to not only accomplish, but represent, all year long. I’m confident in the program he has in place and am anxious to get to work."

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