‘Happier Seeing DJ Not’: Days After His Critical Confession, Dustin Johnson Rhapsodized by Former European Ryder Cup Star

Published 09/25/2023, 11:30 AM EDT

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The annual Ryder Cup holds a special place in golf history, drawing seasoned players like Dustin Johnson, a five-time Ryder Cup veteran. However, this year, Dustin Johnson found himself in the midst of a controversy.

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Despite his impressive career and experience, Johnson failed to secure a spot on Zach Johnson’s American team. DJ maintains that he had the skills to make the team but was ultimately left out. The situation has sparked a noteworthy conversation involving LIV golfers Henrik Stenson, Ian Poulter, and Lee Westwood.

European Golfers Weigh In on Dustin Johnson’s Omission

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In a recent video posted on Instagram, Henrik Stenson, Ian Poulter, and Lee Westwood sat down in a cosy room with a fireplace behind them. The European Ryder Cup legends spoke about a certain American player who was left out of this year’s American team — DJ.

They all started off by talking about how players who have a strong grip over their short game are the ideal ones to play foursomes matches. Ian Poulter then went on to say, “we always want to support Europe and see the lads do well.”

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Adding to his conversation was Lee Westwood who said, “As a European fan I’m happier seeing DJ not on that plane” to which Poulter then responded, “I wish that in the time future, that we’ll come together and we’ll see where it all ends up.”

 

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The video ended with an element of suspense wherein Lee Westwood says that he’s going to tell a story that only three people have heard before but now he feels it should be made public.

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Dustin Johnson’s Triumphant Ryder Cup Redemption

Dustin Johnson, 39, broke age stereotypes at the Ryder Cup to become only the fifth player in history to win all five of his events in 2021. “Abso-lutely,” Johnson replied confidently when asked about his strength to celebrate success with his younger teammates.

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His answer made his team laugh. His performance was a redemption story for Johnson, who struggled in the 2018 Ryder Cup. But his career took an unexpected turn two years after that success when he joined the controversial LIV Golf tour and was subsequently not selected for the 2023 Ryder Cup team under captain Zach Johnson.

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Roshni Yadav is a new golf writer at EssentiallySports. She is also a national level golfer, putting her golf expertise into her writing. Tiger Woods and Adam Scott happen to be her favorites to watch and learn from.
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