CCU alum Dustin Johnson qualifies for Ryder Cup

Dustin Johnson (Source: CCU)
Dustin Johnson (Source: CCU)

Conway, SC - CONWAY, SC - Three-time Coastal Carolina men's golf All-American Dustin Johnson has automatically earned a spot to represent the United States of America at the 2010 Ryder Cup.

This year's Ryder Cup will be Oct. 1-3 at Celtic Manor Resort in Newport, Wales on ESPN and NBC.

Johnson, who was additionally the 2005, '06 and '07 Big South Golfer of the Year, ranks sixth in the Ryder Cup standings, moving up three spots after this past weekend's performance at the PGA Championship to earn the automatic qualifying spot.

Johnson ranks 11th on both the PGA money list and FedEx Cup thanks to top 10 finishes at the 2010 US Open (eighth) and the 2010 PGA Championship (fifth), a 14th-place finish at the British Open and winning his second straight AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro Am earlier this year.

Over his last seven PGA events, Johnson has finished no lower than 15 in five times.

"I am extremely proud of Dustin automatically making the Ryder Cup team," said Coastal Carolina head men's golf coach Allen Terrell. "In just three years, he has already proved to be one of the top players in the USA. It is humbling to think he was wearing the 'CCU Teal' just 3 years ago and now he will be wearing the 'Red, White and Blue' representing the USA in one of the biggest sporting events in the world. Personally, I know how much this means to DJ. This was his top goal for the season. Our program is blessed to have DJ representing not just the USA but the entire Coastal family."

Johnson, the first Chanticleer to make a Ryder Cup team, has represented the US before in similar settings. In 2006, he played for the American team in the US versus Japan Cup. Then, in 2007, he played in both the Palmer Cup and Walker Cup, helping the American team to a pair of victories.

In the 2007 Walker Cup, a USA versus Great Britain and Northern Ireland played in Northern Ireland, Johnson and playing partner Colt Knost tied in the morning foursomes, facing potential 2010 Ryder Cup adversary Rory McIlroy and Jonathan Caldwell.

Johnson also claimed a point the following day as he and Knost defeated Rhys Davies and Nigel Edwards in the morning foursomes.

At the 2007 Palmer Cup, a USA versus Europe event played in Owings Mills, Md., Johnson defeated Oscar Floren and Jorge Campo in singles competition in rounds two and four and paired with Chris Kirk to defeat Davies and Gareth Shaw in doubles in round three.