SHEBOYGAN, Wis. – If Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler and Tiger Woods are atop U.S. Ryder Cup captain Corey Pavin’s picks radar – as many long-time observers opine – Zach Johnson can’t be far from the skipper’s mind.
Flash back four years to the last time the U.S. team went to unfriendly shores for the biennial grudge match. Johnson was a rare highlight for a U.S. side that lost by nine points, going 1-2-1 in his maiden match.
Even better, in a twisted way Johnson’s position on the points list (21st) doesn’t bring the normal pressure associated with PGA week.
“In 2008 I didn’t get picked and I watched every second of (the matches),” said Johnson, who is at 5 under early in his second round. “Dealing with the pressure is easier said than done, but you just have focus on what you can control.”