Keegan: U.S. 'needs Chris Kirk in the future'


CHERRY HILLS VILLAGE, Colo. – Chris Kirk could win the FedEx Cup – clearly making him the hottest American in the game – but he won't play in the Ryder Cup in Scotland next month.

Kirk, who wasn’t among U.S. captain Tom Watson’s three picks Tuesday, heads into Thursday’s start of the BMW Championship as the FedEx Cup points leader following his victory at the Deutsche Bank Championship.

Kirk’s plight probably created the biggest buzz in the BMW Championship locker room in the wake of Tuesday’s Ryder Cup announcement. Keegan Bradley, Hunter Mahan and Webb Simpson were Watson’s captain’s picks.

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“Chris Kirk is one of my good friends out here,” Bradley said. “If captain Tom would have told me, `Listen, Keegan, I'm taking Chris over you,’ I would have totally understood. If he said, `Keegan, I'm going to take any of these guys over you,’ I would have 100 percent got it, because these guys are playing so well.”

Still, Bradley said he would have felt “devastated” if he had not made the team.

“Chris Kirk is such a good player,” Bradley said. “I feel for him a lot. But the thing about Chris is, he's going to be on tons of teams from here on out. He could be on the next five. So that's a good thing. America needs Chris Kirk in the future because he's a tough competitor.”