But, Crew USA captain Zach Johnson made some fascinating selections within the Friday foursome alternatives. To kick the match off, he opted for Scottie Scheffler and his shut pal Sam Burns.
The subsequent group was possibly essentially the most stunning. He despatched out two Ryder Cup rookies, Max Homa and Brian Harman. They had been adopted by a Rickie Fowler/Collin Morikawa pairing and Xander Schauffele/Patrick Cantlay.
Many had been shocked that five-time main winner Brooks Koepka, Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas had been left watching.
However, there was loads of optimism because the People look to finish the 30-year winless drought on European soil.
Nicely, issues haven’t precisely gone as deliberate for Crew USA and the followers are laying the blame at Johnson’s toes.
Zach Johnson captaincy needs to be revoked ASAP
— Tyler Upson (@upson_tyler) September 29, 2023
We began Sam Burns over Brooks!? Getting what we deserve. Smh Zach Johnson #RyderCup
— Cody Johnson™ (@CodeBreaker_25) September 29, 2023
up to now Zach Johnson has gotten all the things flawed you probably can
— magic mike (@MikeRobidoux) September 29, 2023
Petition to ban Zach Johnson from future involvement within the Ryder Cup
— Free Mamoa (@MasonJarred520) September 29, 2023
Some followers went a little bit excessive.
Zach Johnson needs to be tried on warfare crimes and treason for this lineup
— Spieth Legion (@SpiethLegion) September 29, 2023
Scheffler’s placing woes and Burns’ approaches into water have sunk them right into a two-hole deficit as they play the eleventh.
It will get worse.
The American rookies have performed poorly. They carded three bogeys on the entrance 9. In the meantime, Viktor Hovland’s epic chip and wonderful placing have put the Europeans 4-UP in that match.
It doesn’t get any higher.
Fowler and Morikawa bogeyed 4 of the primary eight holes of their match. Sepp Straka and Shane Lowry haven’t needed to do something particular. But, they’re 3-UP of their match.
Possibly the one hope for Crew USA to steal some extent is with their greatest pairing, on paper. Schauffele and Cantlay have been nice as a duo on the previous. Nicely, not Friday.
They path Rory McIlroy and Tommy Fleetwood, who’re 2-UP by way of eight. If not for some missed putts by Fleetwood, it might be a lot worse.
If Crew USA can’t flip this round quickly, this Ryder Cup may flip right into a massacre. If that occurs, the requires Johnson’s captaincy to be revoked will turn into resoundingly clear.
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