Not Taking JT To The Ryder Cup Would Be The 'Worst Call Ever'

Former US Open champion Geoff Ogilvy is one of the shrewdest players on the planet and he is adamant that Justin Thomas should be part of the US Ryder Cup team.

The Aussie told Golfweek: “If they don’t take him, it’s the worst call ever. He’s the best head-to-head match player in the world. JT would be my first pick. I’ve been inside the ropes at enough Presidents Cups there’s just no chance you don’t take Justin.

“He does something to the team. He goes out front and leads and fist pumps and makes everyone behind him believe. It’s hard to not take Lucas (Glover) but you can’t take him at the expense of Justin Thomas.”

Thomas has had a poor year and failed to make it to the FedEx Cup Playoffs but he would likely team up with Jordan Spieth in Rome, a partnership Ogilvy described as 'untouchable' and his record is sensational. In the Ryder Cup he is 6-2-1 and, if you throw in the Presidents Cup too, then you have an overall tally of 16-5-2.

In six fourball outings Thomas has won all six. In his two Ryder Cup singles he outlasted Rory McIlroy in the lead match in Paris before dispensing of Tyrrell Hatton two years ago.

If you are a Thomas fan then there might be a sign that Thomas has already had the nod from Zach Johnson, who he shared a house with at Royal Liverpool, in that he has already committed to playing at the Fortinet Championship which is two weeks before the matches in Italy.

Thomas himself is hoping that his previous will give him the edge over his more in-form peers.

"I would like to think that my record is my best argument. I love the team events. I thrive in them. I just enjoy it. Playing with a partner could kind of ease me a little bit, relax me. I hate even having to hope for a pick. This is the first time since I first qualified that I've had to rely on a captain's pick, and it's not fun, especially when you're trending the wrong way when other people are trending toward it," he said at Hoylake in July.

"I'm hitting a lot of good shots. I'm just making so many bonehead mistakes and crazy things happening, and I'll be fine. I want to make the Ryder Cup more than anything. I'm probably honestly trying too hard to do it. It reminds me a lot of my first or second year on Tour."