Kevin Kisner on Ryder Cup selection disappointments: "They don't like me"

Despite winning four times on the PGA Tour, Kevin Kisner has only represented America once at the President's Cup and never at the Ryder Cup.

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Sun, 16 Jan 2022

Kevin Kisner on Ryder Cup selection disappointments: "They don't like me"

Kevin Kisner revealed that he has had multiple rejection calls for the Ryder Cup in the past, but says the system is "too political" for him to become affected by it.

Speaking to Golf.com's Sub-Par podcast, Kisner was typically honest about the disappointment of not making a Ryder Cup side yet in his career.

In 2019, Kisner won the Dell Technologies Match Play and at the end of the 2021 PGA Tour season, he won the Wyndham Championship around the time of Team USA's selection process for the Ryder Cup.

He formed a great partnership with Phil Mickelson at the 2017 Presidents Cup. They earned 2.5 points together and halved with Anirban Lahiri in the singles.

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The four-time PGA Tour winner has the profile to be a competent Ryder Cup team member, but now at the age of 37, he has been unsuccessful.

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"I don’t know, man. They don’t like me I, guess. I’ve had the same phone call for about four (Ryder Cups) in a row from about every captain. ‘Man, you were on the team and then you didn’t play well in the playoffs.’ OK, bud," said Kisner.

"I don’t know. I didn’t give a s***. It’s too political for me, I didn’t really care, and I don’t really get caught up in that s***. 

"I love Stricker to death, but he didn’t pick me this year, which I get - I didn’t play worth a s*** in the playoff."

Kisner was 18th in the USA rankings before the matches at Whistling Straits. Steve Stricker's side won 19-9, a record margin that was produced by a fearless young team.

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It may be harder than ever now for someone like Kisner to break into the side. There are young players like Collin Morikawa and Sam Burns, just to name a couple, who will likely occupy places for years to come.

But Kisner brushed the reality aside in characteristic fashion. He has had a fantastic career up to now and he is grateful for what he has achieved on the PGA Tour.

"Whatever, it’s fine. I don’t really care. I love playing team golf, I love representing the US, I’d love to be on any team possible. But if my career ended tomorrow, I’d be perfectly content with everything I’ve accomplished," Kisner added.

"If you had told me 15 years ago, you’re going to have four wins, play in a Presidents Cup, play in 35 straight majors, or whatever I’ve done, I would have said, ‘You’re f***ing crazy.'"

 

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