June 19, 2013
Johnson makes last-ditch push for US Ryder Cup spot
American Dustin Johnson may not have won the Deutsche Bank Championship but the long bomber put in an 11th hour bid for Ryder Cup selection by tying for fourth place at the TPC Boston.
Johnson finished highest among those widely tipped to be included when U.S. Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III announces his four wildcard picks for the biennial competition on Tuesday.
Those selected will join the eight automatic qualifiers on the U.S. team for this year's Ryder Cup against Europe, which will be played at Medinah Country Club outside Chicago from September 28-30.
"I'm a little bit (nervous). I really want to play on the team," Johnson told reporters after shooting a one-under 70 in the final round.
"I really think that I can help the team, and it's something that I really enjoy doing, so hopefully captain Love will pick me."
Brandt Snedeker finished a shot behind Johnson in sixth place, veterans Steve Stricker and Jim Furyk were part of a tie for 13th, Nick Watney shared 20th place, Bo Van Pelt tied for 26th, Hunter Mahan was joint 39th and Rickie Fowler 74th.
Stricker is regarded as the safest bet having provided a great partnership with Tiger Woods on several U.S. teams while Furyk, a seven-time Ryder Cup veteran, is also expected to get the nod.
"I'm calm. Hopefully I have a good feeling I'm going to get that call," Stricker said after carding a 70 on Monday. "I've talked to Davis enough, I've talked to enough other players that are on the team, and it sounds good for me.
"It would be real important because it's right there in my backyard. It's two hours from home."