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RYDER CUP: Illness running through American team, says Zach Johnson

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Brooks Koepka of Team United States plays a shot during the Friday afternoon fourball matches of the 2023 Ryder Cup.
Brooks Koepka of Team United States plays a shot during the Friday afternoon fourball matches of the 2023 Ryder Cup. Getty Images

The American Ryder Cup team is battling an illness that is running through the locker room, according captain Zach Johnson.

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“It has spread through my team,” Johnson said following his team’s 6.5-1.5 Friday drubbing at the hands of Team Europe.

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Asked the nature of the illness, Johnson was vague.

“We’re just fighting things, I mean, internally. It’s kind of passed around a little bit, caddies, players. It is what it is, but it’s nothing more than that,” Johnson said. “Guys are fighting and playing regardless. I mean, it’s not anything that’s kind of weighed us down because of the depth we have and because of the many options we think we have.”

Johnson was pressed further on what is plaguing his team.

“Yes, we have got some congestion and some just signs of things that are unfortunate,” he said. “It’s one of those where sometimes the energy is probably a little low, but the ability and desire to go out and play is still there.

“That’s what we are weighing. Every one of them still wants to play every match, which is encouraging.”

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