Chris Kirk, The Other Guy
By Torleif Sorenson on 9/4/14

Chris Kirk is a PGA Tour player with three victories to his credit — the most recent coming on Monday at the Deutsche Bank Championship, one of the FedEx Cup Playoff tournaments. It is his second win of the season; he captured the McGladrey Classic in his native Georgia last autumn.

But probably because he lacks a major championship and Ryder Cup experience, Kirk was left off of the 2014 United States Ryder Cup team by captain Tom Watson. Kirk found out Tuesday morning after he landed in Denver for this week's FedEx Cup Playoffs tournament, the BMW Championship at Cherry Hills. Kirk and Watson had a three-minute phone conversation, after which Kirk relayed the details to reporters:
"I would really have loved to have gotten a pick, and would have loved to have been on the team, but I understand if he wants to pick guys with experience. You can't fault him for that.

"I wasn't too worried about it. He was kind of starting to explain why he did what he did. When you don't get picked, you don't really care what the explanation is, to be honest. I just was like, 'Hey, I just won the biggest tournament of my life yesterday, so it's going to take a lot more than this to get me in a bad mood.'

"I hope I haven't sort of sent the wrong message; I would love nothing more than to play on the Ryder Cup. But maybe I don't live and die by it like some guys do. But it would be a huge honor and I would love to play on one and I hope I play on a lot of teams. But I doubt that my attitude towards it had anything to do with what Tom decided."
We doubt it as well; Keegan Bradley, Hunter Mahan, and Webb Simpson are all battle-scarred veterans of the 2012 Ryder Cup. Bradley and Simpson are also major championship winners.

As a consolation prize, Kirk notched a two-year exemption and a winner's check for $1.44 million. As a bonus, he has jumped to the top of the FedEx Cup points list, which gives him the chance to win the Cup itself, a five-year exemption, and another $10 million.

Publicly, Kirk is showing no bitterness about being passed over:

And even as ultra-competitive as the PGA Tour is and the FedEx Cup Playoffs are, we are certain that Chris Kirk will win yet another PGA Tour event again relatively soon.

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Matt F says:
Bradley should not have gotten in due to Kirk's form...anyone else looking forward to slow play from Bradley again?
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