Dustin Johnson says he’would love’ to lead Team USA to victory at the Ryder Cup.
Dustin Johnson was a vital figure in Team USA’s victory over Team Europe in the Ryder Cup last month, and he now says he wants to lead the Americans in the future.
After leading Team USA to a decisive victory over Team Europe last month, Dustin Johnson is aiming for additional Ryder Cup victories, both as a captain and as a player. Johnson, 37, followed in the footsteps of Lanny Wadkins (1979) and Francesco Molinari (2018) by winning all five matches at Whistling Straits and assisting the hosts to a record-breaking 19-9 triumph.
The world No. 2 was Steve Stricker’s oldest player, but he is nearly guaranteed to be in Rome in two years, barring injury or a drastic drop in form, when the Americans seek their first win on European soil since 1993.
Since his debut at the Celtic Manor in 2010, ‘DJ’ has appeared in five of the previous six Ryder Cup matches, including the last two American victories, as well as four of the last five Presidents Cup games.
While it appears that the two-time major champion still has plenty to offer his country on the course, he’s already contemplating his post-playing days role, and has acknowledged to harboring captaincy ambitions.
When questioned about the part, Johnson stated, “Yeah, I’d love to do that one day.”
“I believe it would be enjoyable. I believe I would make an excellent captain. Yes, it’s something I’d like to undertake at some time in the future.
“I think I’d just stand back and let the boys do their thing. That, I believe, is the most crucial point. I don’t need to tell the players how to play a golf course or what to do; all I need to do is put them in a situation where they can succeed.
“I feel like I’ve established a solid rapport with the majority of the players out here, and maybe I’ll be out here long enough to get to know the guys that will be on the team.”
Johnson won the postponed 2020 US Masters in November, but his only victory in 2021 came on the European Tour at the Saudi International, and he lost his lead to Jon Rahm.
He now aims to win the Ryder Cup. “Brinkwire News Summary.”