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No Ryder Cup, but plenty to celebrate for Kirk

Published on NewsOK Modified: September 3, 2014 at 5:37 pm •  Published: September 3, 2014
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CHERRY HILLS VILLAGE, Colo. (AP) — Chris Kirk now has only one cup on his mind — the FedEx Cup.

Fresh off his victory at the TPC Boston, Kirk arrived at Cherry Hills for the BMW Championship and saw a message from Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson. The conversation didn't last very long.

"He was pretty straight to the point," Kirk said Wednesday. "He just said, 'Congratulations on 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 one getting picked ... the reasoning doesn't really matter a whole lot."

Watson instead took former U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson to fill out his 12-man American team that will try to win the cup back from Europe. Watson said he didn't make his mind up until about 12 hours before the announcement, and he was swayed by a pair of 5-and-4 victories Simpson had with Bubba Watson at Medinah in 2012.

Kirk took it in stride. The 29-year-old from Georgia doesn't show much outward emotion, even after winning big tournaments.

Plus, it wasn't hard to find the positives. His win at the Deutsche Bank Championship moved him to No. 1 in the FedEx Cup, meaning he will have a clear shot at the $10 million prize and a five-year exemption.

"I just kind of told him, 'Hey, don't worry about it. You've got to do what you've got to do,'" Kirk said. "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."

What concerns him is the perception that he didn't care.

Kirk said repeatedly over the weekend at the TPC Boston that he wasn't as wrapped up in the picks as other players, such as Keegan Bradley. He said even if he were to win, he would not be entitled to a pick because he didn't earn one of the nine automatic spots.

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