Chris Kirk, left, shakes hands with Rory McIlroy after finishing on the 18th hole Monday of the Deutsche Bank Championship golf tournament. (Michael Dwyer / Associated Press)
Norton, Mass. ó Chris Kirk made three big putts and earned 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 captainís pick?
ďI certainly donít feel entitled, or feel like Iím a shoo-in to get a pick,Ē Kirk said. ďIíve obviously really put myself into consideration, and itís something that I would love to do. But like Iíve said before, the nine guys that made it are automatic. Those are the guys on the team. The other three? If you get in, itís a bonus.Ē
Then he looked at the blue trophy next to him and considered what he had just achieved.
ďWinning the Deutsche Bank and going to No. 1 in the FedEx Cup, and $1.4 million, thatís plenty for me for one day,Ē he said with a smile.
Watson announces his selections tonight in New York.
Ten shots behind after the opening round, Kirk was so disgusted that he skipped his usual practice session. He was flawless the rest of the week, particularly on Monday in another wild Labor Day finish at the TPC Boston.
Kirk made three big putts on the back nine ó two of them for birdie ó but what pleased him the most was his 15-foot putt for par on the 15th hole that kept him in the lead.
Billy Horschel had a chance to at least force a playoff ó and possibly win ó when he stood in the fairway on the par-5 18th hole with a 6-iron in his hand. Horschel chunked the shot so badly that it barely reached the hazard, and he made bogey for a 69.
ďThe worst swing Iíve made all week,Ē Horschel said.
Horschel tied for second with 54-hole leader Russell Henley (70) and Geoff Ogilvy, who extended his unlikely run through these FedEx Cup playoffs. Ogilvy was the last of the 100 qualifiers for the Deutsche Bank Championship. He went 65-65 on the weekend without a bogey.
Brian Stuard of Jackson shot a final-round 68 to finish at 8-under 276, seven shots off the pace, and take home $112,229.
The top 70 in the FedEx Cup advance to the BMW Championship in Denver later this week.
Gillis in hunt
Tom Gillis of Lake Orion lost his PGA Tour card last year, but he has a good chance to get it back.
Gillis tied for fourth Sunday in the Web.com Tourís Hotel Fitness Championship at Fort Wayne, Ind.
There are three tournaments left in the tourís season. On its website, the Web.com Tour projects Gillis to finish in a tie for eighth in the final standings. Fifty players will receive PGA Tour cards, and 25 already have earned one for next year.
The next 25 will come from players who finish between 26th and 75 on the Web.com Tour, and players who finish 126th through 200th in the FedEx Cup.
This weekís tournament is the Chiquita Classic in Davidson, N.C.
Gillis ranks 34th on the tourís money list with $127,495.