CONWAY, SC Senior Dustin Johnson (Myrtle Beach, S.C./Dutch Fork) has been selected to represent the United States in the 2007 Palmer Cup presented by Monster. The annual Ryder Cup-style competition between American collegiate golfers and their counterparts from Europe will be played June 7-8, at Caves Valley Golf Club in Owings Mills, Md. This will be his second time representing the U.S. in international competition as he played in the 2006 Fuji Xerox USA vs. Japan Collegiate Golf Championship, going 1-1-1 and helping the U.S. win the event.
A two-time All-American, Johnson currently leads the Big South Conference with a 70.61 scoring average in 33 rounds played this year, while earning the No. 7 ranking on the GolfWeek/Sagarin Ratings. A four-time Big South Player of the Week as well as the leagues reigning Player of the Year, he has finished in the top 10 of nine of Coastals 10 events this season, including individual victories at the Coca-Cola Duke Classic and, most recently, the Administaff Augusta State Invitational, leading the Chanticleers to a dramatic come-from-behind team victory in the final nine. Johnson also was named Midseason Player of the Year by GolfWorld and National Player of the Week by GolfWeek for his performance at the Administaff Augusta State Invitational. His six-shot victory, including going 7-under on the last 10 holes, paced CCU in earning the National Team of the Week accolades from GolfWeek as well. Most recently, he was named as a semifinalist for the Ben Hogan Award, presented annually to the top mens NCAA Division I, II or III, NAIA or junior college golfer based on collegiate and amateur competitions during the last 12 months.
Joining Johnson on the squad are Brian Harman and Chris Kirk of Georgia, Floridas Billy Horschel, Vanderbilts Luke List, Jamie Lovemark of Southern California, Oklahoma States Jonathan Moore and Webb Simpson of Wake Forest. The Americans - who will be coached by Mike McGraw of Oklahoma State - lead the series, 5-4-1.
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