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The Slam: Could Zach Johnson REALLY leave Brooks Koepka out of his Ryder Cup team?

Viktor Hovland stunned the field with his final round 61. He’s in the Ryder Cup, but who else makes it?

 

A record-breaking 61 to win the BMW Championship? Viktor Hovland was in fine fettle at Olympia Fields on Sunday.

On the latest episode of The Slam, in association with Callaway Golf, Matt Coles and Steve Carroll discuss Viktor Hovland’s incredible final round at Olympia Fields, as he moves up to No.2 on the FedEx Cup standings.

The team also talk about the Tour Championship and the unique format, which sees players given a head-start due to their performances over the course of the season.

But the meat of the discussion is about the Ryder Cup, including the possible omission of LIV golfers from the US team. With Brooks Koepka dropping out of the top six to automatically qualify, will captain Zach Johnson pick him? And does Team Europe actually have a chance in Rome?

Matt and Steve also talk about the women guaranteed a Solheim Cup spot. The European Qualifying Period ended this week, with the first eight players now assured of their places in Andalucia.

We review all of the weekend’s action plus much more, so you know what to do! Click the player below…

Can Viktor Hovland win the Tour Championship? Will Zach Johnson leave out Brooks Koepka for the Ryder Cup? Let us know what you think with a Tweet!

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Matt Coles

Matt Coles

Mention a European country, and Matt will tell you which resorts make the National Club Golfer Top 100s: European Resorts list. He might even throw in who designed the golf course and how many rooms the hotel has got at each one…

Matt got into the game of golf from a young age, following his old man to the local golf club. He fell for the sport, and now can’t seem to go a day without thinking about how to improve his game (Thanks Dad!). Matt has been a member of Howley Hall GC in Leeds since 2020, and is just about managing to maintain a single-figure handicap. He likes to remind people that he once broke 75, but won’t tell people that it was on a shortened course during the winter.

He moved to Leeds after graduating from the University of Central Lancashire with a First Class Honours degree in Sports Journalism. Matt joined NCG after almost five years travelling the world with the Professional Squash Association, working on events in all four corners of the globe.

Matt currently plays a Cobra King LTDx driver and RadSpeed 3-wood. TaylorMade monopolise the rest of his bag, with a SIM UDI, M5 irons and both Milled Grind and HI-TOE wedges, along with a Monza Redline putter. He uses a Vice Pro Plus golf ball, because he’s a bit different…

Away from golf, Matt is a Manchester United fan, and a keen runner, having ran the Rob Burrow Leeds Marathon (his first and possibly last), in May 2023.

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