Watson: Dustin’s loss a big blow

US Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson admits that his team will miss Dustin Johnson at the Ryder Cup.

Johnson revealed on Thursday that he was taking a self-enforced break from the game, and will not be available for the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles in September.

Reports surfaced on Friday claiming the American was in fact suspended by the PGA Tour for cocaine use, but the Tour has since refuted such claims, insisting his exile was self-imposed.

Whatever the reason, Watson admits the team has suffered a blow with the 30-year-old’s absence.

Nevertheless, he believes there is still enough strength in the team to mount a serious charge.

“We will certainly miss Dustin Johnson at Gleneagles, and we wish him the best,” said Watson.

“As one of the longest hitters in the game with an undefeated record of 3-and-0 at Medinah in 2012, he has clearly been an asset for the United States team.

“That said, the United States is a team with an abundance of talent.”