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Dustin Johnson: How ‘Grandpa’ led Team US’ young stars to Ryder Cup history

But that does not imply he is slowing down one bit.

His robust outing was a key half within the USA’s dominant win, which broke the report for the most important profitable margin in Ryder Cup history.

In profitable all 5 of his matches, the two-time main winner grew to become simply the fifth participant to sport a 5-0-0 report at one Ryder Cup, becoming a member of Arnold Palmer, Gardner Dickinson, Larry Nelson and Francesco Molinari.

Affectionally coined “Grandpa” by his teammate Justin Thomas, Johnson was questioned whether or not — because the oldest member of the US staff — he’d give you the chance to sustain along with his youthful colleagues within the celebrations afterwards.

His response was emphatic. “Ab-….-solutely. Next query.”

Johnson celebrates with champagne after defeating Team Europe at the 43rd Ryder Cup.

While some would possibly wrestle with being the oldest in a staff, Johnson took it in his stride all weekend, performing because the fulcrum to permit the six US rookies to strut their stuff.

And having such spectacular teammates and such a very good bond as a staff allowed them to be all of the extra profitable, in accordance to Johnson.

“Obviously, that is the primary staff the place I used to be the oldest,” Johnson stated instantly after beating Europe’s Paul Casey in Sunday’s singles match.

“On the opposite groups, I felt like I used to be a youthful man on the staff. A little bit completely different dynamic. The guys all acquired alongside nice. We all have one factor in widespread: we don’t like to lose. We had an awesome week, and it confirmed.”

Team US celebrates with the Ryder Cup after defeating Team Europe.


If you had instructed Johnson earlier than the Ryder Cup that he would win all 5 of his matches, he says he would have referred to as you “loopy.”

The 2020 Masters champion, with raucous US crowds cheering him on, remained his regular calm and picked up self all through the weekend.

Paired with reigning Open champion Collin Morikawa, he comfortably dealt with Casey and Viktor Hovland on Friday morning. On Friday afternoon, he and Xander Schauffele beat Casey and Bernd Wiesberger.

Once once more paired with Morikawa on Saturday morning, they beat Casey and Tyrrell Hatton, and on Saturday afternoon, they simply beat Ian Poulter and Rory McIlroy earlier than Johnson’s Singles victory towards Casey on Sunday.

Schauffele (left) and Johnson celebrate on the 17th green during Friday afternoon's fourball matches.

Even although US captain Steve Stricker prioritized youth over expertise in an try to result in success — a choice which has undoubtedly been vindicated in hindsight — the young guys impressed Johnson.

“This week, sure, we had loads of young guys, however they’re young and they’re rookies on the Ryder Cup, however it did not really feel like they have been simply because they’ve all performed properly in such massive moments and large tournaments that it did not really feel like they have been rookies,” he stated.

“And they did not play like they have been rookies. They stepped up to the plate and so they all needed it. And like Xander and all of us have all stated all week, the one factor all of us have in widespread is all of us hate to lose. And in order that’s how we got here collectively, and all of us performed prefer it.”

As a results of Johnson’s stellar play and dedication, he was named as one of many two winners of the inaugural Nicklaus-Jacklin award.

Named after two of golf’s greats and two former Ryder Cup captains — Jack Nicklaus and Tony Jacklin — the award seeks to commemorate “sportsmanship, teamwork and efficiency within the context of higher decision-making.”

Johnson hits a shot during a fourball match at Whistling Straits.

Nicklaus and Jacklin displayed these qualities within the iconic 1969 Ryder Cup, when Nicklaus conceded a two-foot putt to Jacklin for a halved match that resulted within the first tie in Ryder Cup history. It has since been coined “The Concession.”

Johnson was named alongside Sergio Garcia as the primary recipients of the award. In his fifth Ryder Cup look, Johnson’s imperious kind was a “dream.”

“For the primary 4 matches, I had nice companions in Collin Morikawa and Xander Schauffele,” he stated. “We performed nice collectively and jelled very well. I’m so pleased with my teammates and my captains and beloved the assistance from the followers. This award is one thing to be very pleased with. All 12 of us confirmed nice teamwork and got here collectively as a staff.”

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