Much was made of Dustin Johnson being the older statesman of the US Ryder Cup team, albeit at 37, and, as he proved with a seamless 5-0-0 record, there is plenty of life left in the 2016 US Open champion.
But, in the years to come, when his skills have diminished enough he was asked about the possibility of being the American skipper. The easy way of thinking is that Johnson might not be overly interested in the role, that he’s more of a back-of-the-room-type guy and that the whole hoopla wouldn’t be his thing.
“Yeah, I would love to do it one day. Yeah, I think it would be fun. I think I would be a good captain. Yeah, it's something that I definitely would like to do at some point,” he revealed at this week’s CJ Cup.
As for how he might be as the off-courser leader his outlook won’t surprise many.
“I feel like I would let the guys just do their thing. I think that's most important. The players are very good, I don't need to tell them how to play a golf course or tell them what to do, but just put them in the situation where they can succeed. I feel like I've got a good relationship with most of the players out here, and hopefully I'll be out here long enough to where I'll know the guys that are going to be on the team.”
In the coming years we’ll surely have Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson and, probably the likes of Zach Johnson, but then we run a little bit short of ideas and, in his mid 40s, Johnson would be the ideal age and stature. It could be fascinating.