Zach Johnson names final Team USA vice captain for 2023 Ryder Cup in Italy

The Ryder Cup news keeps on rolling.

On the same day a second player punched his ticket to Italy to represent Team USA at the 2023 Ryder Cup, the PGA of America announced that U.S. captain Zach Johnson had named Stewart Cink as his fifth and final vice captain for the biennial matches against the Europeans, Sept. 29-Oct. 1, at Marco Simone Golf and Country Club near Rome.

Cink will join the backroom staff that includes Steve Stricker, Davis Love III, Jim Furyk and Fred Couples.

“Stewart is someone I can trust will give me honest and constructive feedback as we head into the final stages of preparing for the Ryder Cup,” said Johnson via a press release. “And as everyone saw at The Open Championship this year, he’s still competing at a high level on the golf course. He will play a critical role in our success as we head to Italy.”

This year will mark Cink’s first time as a vice captain. The 50-year-old played in five previous Ryder Cups (2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010), where he compiled a 5-7-7 record (1-3-1 in Sunday singles).

“Competing in the Ryder Cup has been one of the highlights of my entire career and I’m ready to do whatever it takes to help Zach and the U.S. Team retain the Ryder Cup,” said Cink. “I’m honored that Zach would entrust me to play a role in helping make that a reality in Italy.”

Scottie Scheffler and Wyndham Clark have already qualified for Team USA. Those still vying for a spot on the U.S. team can earn points through the 2022 BMW Championship, the second of three FedEx Cup Playoff tournaments. The top six eligible players on the points list at that time will make the U.S. team. The final six spots will be captain’s picks that will be announced after the Tour Championship.

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Story originally appeared on GolfWeek