Even with six captain’s picks Kevin Na didn’t get a look in for his Ryder Cup debut and it wasn’t for a want of trying both on and off the course.
Na finished the season strongly with a pair of second places before tying the best four-round score at the Tour Championship which, with the way the scoring was calculated, gave him third place at East Lake.
After his finish he revealed that he was going to give captain Steve Stricker a little nudge: "I'm going to text him and see what he thinks. I feel like I should be a big consideration for a pick."
He did send that text, the pair had a good talk but another call a day later brought the bad news that he didn’t want.
"It sucks," Na told Golfweek. "It’s disappointing. He has a tough job. I don’t take it personal. No-one deserves anything. It’s a captain’s call. I respect his decision. Do I disagree? Yeah, I disagree. I just have to play better.
"It didn’t matter what happened at the Tour Championship. "[Stricker] already had his mind set, that’s my personal opinion. I think it would have been great if I played for the team. I think I could have really brought some good energy and I could’ve really contributed and disappointing that I won’t get the chance to do that."
Had this type of form happened in the run-up to Le Golf National three years ago, where scrambling and accuracy were seen as a real asset, but Whistling Straits is built for big, strong hitting and Stricker seems to want a team full of bombers and not someone who finished down in 167th for the stats off the tee.