Ex-Chant Johnson earns spot on US Ryder Cup team

Three-time Coastal Carolina All-American Dustin Johnson was one of four players selected by United States captain Davis Love III to represent America at the 2012 Ryder Cup.

Johnson, who is in his fifth full year on the PGA Tour, will be making his second appearance for America on the Ryder Cup Team.  This marks the third consecutive year Johnson has represented America as he was on the winning 2011 President’s Cup team.

Johnson and Brandt Snedeker turned their strong play since the FedEx Cup playoffs began as a catalyst to being selected. The two were the only Americans to finish among the top six in the last two FedEx Cup playoff events. Johnson placed third at the Barclays Championship and fourth at the Deutsche Bank Championship.

“You can’t argue with the golf Brandt and Dustin have been playing,” said Love. “These two guys, with the pressure on them, have played very, very well.”

Johnson currently ranks sixth on the FedEx Cup standings – fourth-best among the American golfers. Over the past three years, Johnson has finished no lower than 14th on the FedEx Cup standings, including top five finishes in each of the last two years.

Johnson missed three months this season due to a back injury, hurting his chance to be one of the eight automatic qualifiers, a feat he accomplished in making the 2010 Ryder Cup team. However, Johnson finished among the top 10 in this year’s British Open which was the springboard to a strong finish to date.

In his second event back after the back injury, Johnson won the FedEx St. Jude in June as he became the first player since Tiger Woods (1996-2000) to win in each of his first five seasons on tour after leaving college.

Johnson was a three-time All-American and three-time Big South Golfer of the Year while at Coastal Carolina. He was additionally a member of the 2007 Walker Cup team, the collegiate version of the Ryder Cup. This year’s Ryder Cup event will be played at Medinah Country Club in Chicago, Sept. 28-30.

Photo courtesy of  CCU Athletics

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