I’ve been pondering many deep things in this world, none more profound than, “why didn’t Tom Watson pick Chris Kirk for the 2014 Ryder Cup team?”
I’ve concluded, with some fine Twitter input from friends and followers, that (A) he would have made the team on points if the deadline had been the more natural ending date at the Deutsche Bank Championship, (B) he is not the sole player on the planet who can tolerate Bubba Watson as a partner, and (C) he was the hot hand that the former Captain Watson once suggested was going to be a key to his picks, before that became irrelevant.
It seems Kirk is taking the Webb Simpson decision in stride, reports Adam Schupak from Cherry Hills as the BMW Championship is about to commence.
“He was pretty straight to the point,” said Kirk, adding that Watson “just said, ‘Congratulations on your great play, but we’re going to go in another direction.’ He kind of started to explain his reasoning, and I wasn’t rude at all or anything, but if you’re not the one getting picked, you don’t really – the reason doesn’t really matter a whole lot.”
Many thought that Kirk, who had won the Deutsche Bank Championship on Sept. 1 for his second Tour title of the 2013-14 season, had played well enough to earn one of three captain’s picks.
Kirk told Watson, “Hey don’t worry about it. You got to do what you got to do. I just won the biggest tournament of my career. It’s going to take a lot more than this to put me in a bad mood.”
**Randall Mell covered the attitude/Georgia football priority angle and Kirk had this to say:
“I hope that 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 to play on a lot of teams. But I doubt that my attitude towards it had anything to do with what Tom decided.”