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Kevin Kisner has hit out at the USA’s Ryder Cup selection process, branding it “too political”.

The 37-year-old, who has never played in the contest, was surprisingly overlooked for last year’s match at Whistling Straits.

This was despite US captain Steve Stricker having six picks at his disposal and Kisner – who finished 18th in qualifying – having a superb matchplay record.

Stricker’s choices were ultimately vindicated when the Americans ran out emphatic winners by a record-breaking 19-9 scoreline.

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However, during an appearance on GOLF.com’s Subpar podcast, Kisner shared some of his frustrations.

“I don’t know, man. They don’t like me I guess,” said the four-time PGA Tour winner. “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.

“It’s too political for me, I didn’t really care, and I don’t really get caught up in that shit. I love Stricker to death, but he didn’t pick me this year, which I get – I didn’t play worth a shit in the [FedEx} Playoffs.”

Kisner, who won the WGC-Dell Technologies Matchplay in 2019 and was runner-up the year before, has only ever represented the US in one team matchplay competition, the 2017 Presidents Cup, winning three points from his four matches and going unbeaten for the week.

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That, he says, is good enough for him.

“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.

“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**king crazy.’”


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Michael McEwan is the Deputy Editor of bunkered and has been part of the team since 2004. In that time, he has interviewed almost every major figure within the sport, from Jack Nicklaus, to Rory McIlroy, to Donald Trump. The host of the multi award-winning bunkered Podcast and a member of Balfron Golfing Society, Michael is the author of three books and is the 2023 PPA Scotland 'Writer of the Year' and 'Columnist of the Year'. Dislikes white belts, yellow balls and iron headcovers. Likes being drawn out of the media ballot to play Augusta National.

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