‘It Stinks’ – Kevin Na takes trouble with the Ryder Cup dude

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Kevin Na said he was not particularly pleased to be left out of the U.S. team at the upcoming Ryder Cup.

Na, 38, told Golfweek in his first comprehensive comments since being held back from the Ryder Cup team last week that he had a good conversation with Steve Stricker on September 5, only to be informed the next day that the American captain was going in a different direction.

The team was announced on September 8, and Stricker spent his six captaincy selections on Jordan Spieth, Harris English, Tony Finau, Xander Schauffele, Daniel Berger and Scottie Scheffler.

“It (stinks),” Na told Golfweek Thursday after the first round of the Fortinet Championship.

“It’s disappointing. He’s having a hard job. I’m not taking it personally. Nobody deserves anything. It’s a captain’s call. I respect his decision. Do I disagree? Yes, I disagree. I just need to play better.”

Na, who was ranked No. 19 in the U.S. Ryder Cup standings, noted his fifth career career on the PGA Tour with a victory at the Sony Open in Hawaii in January. He also finished with a share in second place at both the John Deere Classic in July and the Wyndham Championship in August.

Na also shorted an impressive 16 under par during his third-place finish at the Tour Championship earlier this month.

“It didn’t matter what happened at the Tour Championship,” Na said. “(Stricker) had already thought, that’s my personal opinion. I think it would have been great if I played for the team. I think I could really have brought good energy and I could have really contributed and disappointed that I do not get the chance to do so. “

The Ryder Cup was postponed to 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic and will be held on 24-26. September in Whistling Straits, Wisconsin.

Meanwhile, Sergio Garcia believes his “gamble” of not playing the final qualifying event will pay off in the Whistling Straits, as Europe bid to keep the trophy.

European captain Padraig Harrington told her wild card challengers they would “take a chance” if they did not contest the BMW PGA Championship, but while Ian Poulter, Shane Lowry and Justin Rose were all at Wentworth, Garcia chose to stay home .

It was a decision that meant even the competition’s record scorer felt he was not sure of getting a wild card, but in the end it was Rose who missed out as Harrington chose Garcia, Lowry and Poulter to complete. his side.

Sergio Garcia (3rd from L) and Ryder Cup winning team 2018

“I do not want to lie, I spent a lot of time worrying about it,” Garcia said.

“I had conversations with Padraig and (Vice Captain) Luke (Donald) and they tell you that you look good for a choice, but when it came to the last moments, Angela (his wife) and I fasted for lunch. and I was too worried to eat.

“I looked at the clock and on the phone every two or three minutes and wondered when the call was coming. I was a little worried, because you can never take anything for granted, and you know what happens in the days and weeks up to the final choice can change things.

“It was probably worse before Paris because there was a lot of speculation that I would not choose. But when you get that call, it makes it a little sweeter.”

Garcia had played in all three FedEx Cup play-off events in the build-up to Wentworth, missing the cut in the Northern Trust, but then finished sixth in the BMW Championship and 10th in the Tour Championship.

“I do not know if it’s the best I’ve played in the build – up to a Ryder Cup, but it’s definitely up there,” the 2017 Masters champion added.

“I think the best was in 2008, when I came from a great year. But unfortunately I got sick the week before and that kind of drained me to go into the Ryder Cup. I just did not have the energy I wanted have.

“And to be perfectly honest, that’s why I took the chance not to go and play at Wentworth. I felt like 41 – and as Padraig kindly pointed out, I’m not getting younger – I did not want to travel that much and play four weeks in a row.

“I thought that even if I play great and qualify with the right, or just play well enough to show that I deserve a wild card, you still have to get over jet lag and adapt to the time change again.

“I would rather take the chance that I would be selected and come to the Ryder Cup with the batteries full and ready to do what I know I can do, not only for myself but for the team.

“I’d rather do it than risk being a little drained, a little down and not being able to bring what I know I can. So yeah, it was a bit of a gamble not to be at Wentworth, but Padraig knew the reasons for it. “

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