After Further Review: Kirk's Ryder Cup future


Each week, takes a look back at the week in golf. In this edition of After Further Review, our writers weigh in on Chris Kirk's Ryder Cup future, Colin Montgomerie winning another senior major, and a Memorial Day weekend tradition, the Patriot Cup.

With his victory Sunday at the Crowne Plaza Invitational, Chris Kirk keeps moving up in class. That's three PGA Tour titles now over the last two seasons. Only Rory McIlroy and Jimmy Walker have won more in that span. Kirk, who just turned 30, also had it going three weeks ago at The Players Championship, where he was the 54-hole leader before falling back into a tie for 13th. He's no longer a bubble boy on the qualifying lists to make American international teams. Eight months after being skipped over as a captain's pick for the U.S. Ryder Cup team, he leaps to fourth on the U.S. Presidents Cup points list. That event later this year will give Kirk a chance to show he didn't just belong on the last American Ryder Cup team but that he can be a difference in future Ryder Cups. - Randall Mell 

He spent all that time as the most prominent player to never win a major and now he has three of them. Sort of.  Colin Montgomerie won his third Champions Tour major and his second consecutive Senior PGA on Sunday at French Lick. He holed his final putt, took off his hat, cracked a smile, shook hands with Bernhard Langer and soaked in another major win. Monty’s adversarial relationship with American crowds goes back a long way, but he’s received plenty of support on the senior circuit. He’s been as happy to embrace them as they’ve been to embrace him. There has to be some part of Montgomerie that thinks, “This isn’t the same,” but it’s probably still pretty good. - Nick Menta

Former U.S. Navy SEAL Robert O’Neill stood in a steady drizzle on Sunday in the hills just outside Tulsa, Okla., talking about the mission. No, not the mission where he shot al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, but the Folds of Honor mission and this weekend’s Patriot Cup. The event – born from Patriot Golf Day and a half-dozen other initiatives to provide educational benefits for spouses and children of military members who have been killed or disabled while on active duty – includes PGA Tour professionals, celebrities and, most importantly, current and former members of the military. It’s also a moving example of what golf can accomplish, regardless of the score. - Rex Hoggard 

A season of near-misses continues for Kevin Kisner. Kisner lost in a playoff last month at the RBC Heritage, then lost again in sudden death at The Players Championship. A win in either event would have gotten the veteran into the biggest tournaments of the year. Instead, Kisner teed it up at the Crowne Plaza Invitational in need of a big result, and he tied for fifth. While at the start of the week that seemed enough to earn a spot in the U.S. Open, Kisner ended the week at No. 61 - while the top 60 in the rankings punched tickets to Chambers Bay. Kisner is among the hottest players on Tour, and he could still make the field via sectional qualifying on June 8 or by cracking the top 60 on June 15. Kisner doesn't have a spot yet in the U.S. Open, but based on his recent play it seems he is likely to grab a spot in the coming weeks. - Will Gray