U.S. will miss Johnson more than Woods: Broadhurst

Thu Aug 28, 2014 11:37am EDT
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By Tony Jimenez

LONDON (Reuters) - United States will miss the big-hitting Dustin Johnson in next month's Ryder Cup at Gleneagles more than former world number one Tiger Woods, according to 1991 European team member Paul Broadhurst.

Woods ruled himself out of a possible wildcard pick because of poor form and a lack of fitness while fellow American Johnson has taken a leave of absence from golf in order to deal with "personal challenges".

The par-72 PGA Centenary course in Scotland, created by 18-times major winner Jack Nicklaus, measures 7,243 yards in length but the back nine is not overly long at 3,492 yards.

There are two par-fives on the homeward stretch and two relatively short par-fours, the 350-yard 11th and 320-yard 14th, and Broadhurst believes Johnson would have had a field day on the inward nine.

"The U.S. have lost two big players in Tiger and Dustin," the Englishman told Reuters in an interview.

"The way Tiger's been playing the U.S. will be better off without him. His Ryder Cup record isn't brilliant but I'm sure he would have been on their team if he had been fit and his form would have been half decent.

"I think Dustin's a bigger loss for the Americans because he's such a powerful player."

Broadhurst said Johnson's absence would be like holders Europe having to go into the biennial team event without world number one Rory McIlroy or numbers three, four and five - Henrik Stenson, Sergio Garcia and Justin Rose.   Continued...

Dustin Johnson of the U.S. watches his tee shot on the 17th hole during the final round of the British Open Championship at the Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake, northern England July 20, 2014.  REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton