Zach: 2014, 2012 Ryder Cup losses very different

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ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – Just days after the U.S. Ryder Cup team’s five-point loss last month at Gleneagles, Zach Johnson was discussing the matches with his manager.

“I said, ‘What needs to happen is we’ve got to have individuals that make some decisions and have open lines of communication with other individuals that have been inside the ropes and know what it’s all about,” Johnson said on Wednesday at Sea Island Resort. “We just haven’t had that.”

Now Johnson and the rest of the U.S. team does have that voice thanks to the PGA of America’s decision to name an 11-member task force to address how the teams and captains are selected as well as a number of other possible adjustments.

The panel, which was named last week, is exactly what Johnson and many others on the Ryder Cup team contend the U.S. side needs to end Europe’s dominance. Well, that and “obviously we’ve got to play better,” Johnson said.

The four-time Ryder Cup player also put last month’s loss in context, pointing out how close the matches have been in recent years.

“I feel like we kind of lost ’12 and they won this year,” he said. “I got over ’14 really quick. I don’t know if I’m completely over ’12 yet.”