Chris Kirk poses with the winner’s trophy on Monday. (EPA-Yonhap)
NORTON, Massachusetts (AP) ― Chris Kirk made three big putts and captured the biggest win of his career Monday in the Deutsche Bank Championship. Whether that was enough for U.S. captain Tom Watson to add him to the Ryder Cup team was the least of his concerns.
Kirk won for the second time this season. He went the last 37 holes at the TPC Boston without a bogey. He played the final two rounds with Rory McIlroy and outplayed the No. 1 player in the world. And he closed with a 5-under 66 for a two-shot victory in a FedEx Cup playoff event.
Was it enough to convince Watson that he was worthy of a captain’s pick?
“I certainly don’t feel entitled, or feel like I’m a shoe-in to get a pick,” Kirk said.
Then he looked at the blue trophy next to him and considered what he had just achieved. “Winning the Deutsche Bank and going to No. 1 in the FedEx Cup, and $1.4 million, that’s plenty for me for one day,” he said.