Chris Kirk and Billy Horschel were bound to happen.
No sooner had Tom Watson made his three captain’s picks for the U.S. Ryder Cup team he will take to Scotland later this month than two guys he passed over – Kirk and Horschel – are playing like they should could have been picks 1A and 1B.
They shared the first round lead in the Tour Championship after opening with 4-under-par 66s. They were playing together and they’re ranked 1 (Kirk) and 2 (Horschel) in the FedEx Cup playoff points.
So, getting passed over by Watson must be eating at them.
Or, to hear Horschel, it’s not.
“Like I said last week, I don’t feel like I deserve to be on this team,” Horschel said. “Even I had won Deutsche Bank … even if the picks were after the BMW … two weeks doesn’t mean you should be on a Ryder cup team. It may mean you may be the hottest player but doesn’t mean you’ve played a good enough year to be on the team.
“Tom Watson sent me a text the other night. It’s exactly what I thought it was going to be, just sort of said, ‘Where was this sooner?’ type of deal. People said “(Is) Tom Watson kicking himself?’ I said no, he’s not kicking himself. He’s going to kick me for not playing better sooner.
“The Ryder Cup is so far out of my mind I’m not even thinking about it. I forgot about it after the Deutsche Bank. And the way I played, there’s no chip on my shoulder for not being picked because, like I said all along I don’t feel like I played a great enough year to be on this team.”