CHERRY HILLS VILLAGE, Colo. – Chris Kirk hopes his laid-back demeanor didn’t hurt his chances to make the U.S. Ryder Cup team.
Kirk, who won the Deutsche Bank Championship Monday for his second PGA Tour title this season, wasn’t among the three Ryder Cup captain’s picks Tom Watson announced on Tuesday.
“I don't know if my nonchalant attitude about the Ryder Cup had any effect on what Tom thinks, I certainly hope not,” Kirk said Wednesday at the BMW Championship. “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.”
Kirk, 29, met Watson’s wish list as a hot hand, but captain’s picks Keegan Bradley and Webb Simpson have major championship titles and Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup experience. Hunter Mahan has won two World Golf Championship titles and has Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup experience.
Kirk never came off as passionate about the Ryder Cup as Bradley was, but it isn’t Kirk’s nature, either. Kirk joked Wednesday about how two fist pumps are his personal record for a tournament.
“I watched the replay of the [Ryder Cup captain’s picks] coverage yesterday, and the announcers said that I said that I didn't want a Ryder Cup pick,” Kirk said. “They said that on the coverage, and that couldn't have been further from the truth, and I definitely never said that. So, I would love to have been on the team, but I'm just really focused on what's in front of me right now, and this playoff race here, and, hopefully, I'll be on a bunch of Ryder Cup cups teams to come.”