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U.S. Ryder Cup captain Johnson ‘taking notes’ at Presidents Cup

Sep 21, 2022; Charlotte, NEW YORK, USA; Team USA assistant captain Zach Johnson addresses the media in a press conference throughout a practice day for the Presidents Cup golf tournament at Quail Hollow Club. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

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CHARLOTTE, N.C., Sept 21 (Reuters) – Zach Johnson said on Wednesday he’ll be taking a lot of notes this week while serving as assistant captain for the U.S. team at the Presidents Cup, but does not have any plans to reinvent the wheel when he leads his country at next year’s Ryder Cup.

Johnson, whose 12 PGA Tour titles add a Masters and a British Open, is among Davis Love III’s four assistants this week at Quail Hollow Club alongside Fred Couples, Steve Stricker and Webb Simpson.

“I’d be lying for you easily said I’m not taking notes. I’m taking notes,” Johnson, 46, told reporters. “Sometimes they’re very, large in magnitude, and sometimes they’re tiny, but sometimes those small things can go quite a distance.

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“I could tell you a very important factor. I’m not likely to reinvent the wheel next year. That isn’t likely to be my goal.”

The 2023 Ryder Cup between your USA and Europe will undoubtedly be played at Marco Simone Golf & Country Club in Rome, Italy.

Finally year’s Ryder Cup the host USA signalled what could quite possibly be considered a new era for Americans in the biennial competition, as a 12-man team featuring six rookies thrashed a European contingent packed with veterans. read more

While Johnson, who has played in the Presidents Cup four times and was an assistant to PADRAIG HARRINGTON in 2019, really wants to leave their own imprint on the 2023 Ryder Cup team he also knows much better than to wreck havoc on an absolute formula.

“The synergy we’ve year to year will there be. The rhythm of it really is there,” said Johnson, who has played in five Ryder Cups and served as a vice captain at the final two.

“But, again, you can include your own private touch to it without deviating from your common goal and staying on a single street.”

Johnson also said he’s got learned a good deal from the captains he’s got played for and served alongside in both team competitions and looks forward to his submit the very best job.

“The wonder of experiencing that leadership role is that … we’ve sort of got a template, something set up,” said Johnson.

“However, the wonder of it’s the personality of this leader can jump into that system but still have their own form and their own — sort of add their own nuances to it, also it could be their team, if which makes sense. It is possible to personalize it even within the machine.”

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Reporting by Steve Keating; Writing by Frank Pingue in TorontoEditing by Toby Davis

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