Russell Knox admits he is desperate to win the FedEx Cup to prove he should have been given a Ryder Cup wildcard.Knox was overlooked by Europe captain Darren Clarke despite missing out on automatic qualifying by a single place and being ranked 20th in the world, comfortably higher than Clarkes choices of Thomas Pieters, Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer.The 31-year-old is currently seventh in the FedEx Cup standings on the PGA Tour -- Henrik Stenson is the next highest European at 21st -- and therefore in contention to win the overall title and $10 million bonus at the Tour Championship, which finishes just five days before plays gets under way at Hazeltine.Its certainly motivated me for the next three weeks, thats for sure, Knox said. I have to use this as a springboard to try and win the FedEx Cup. Ive never wanted to prove someone wrong so badly in my life I think.Its not sour grapes or anything. Darren had an extremely difficult decision and all of those three guys were worthy of a pick.When Darren called me it was obvious within one second that is wasnt going to be good news. It was a very short phone call. I didnt feel like I needed to ask any questions or give my opinion on anything. It was obvious that he had made up his mind and that was final. I respected his decision.I was very disappointed not have gotten the nod. But Ill use this as motivation over the next three weeks.Clarke admitted he had wanted Knox to play in the Wyndham Championship a fortnight ago to try to qualify, but that Knox wanted to be fresh for the FedEx Cup.I hope the decision not to play Wyndham ultimately had nothing to do with it, maybe it did, but Im sure no one will ever talk about that, Knox added. Im happy with the decision I made, I felt it was the best one for me and I dont think it would have made a difference anyway.Its going to be difficult for me to watch [the Ryder Cup] but I probably will and Ill be rooting for the team of course. I wish them all the best and hope they win.Of course I feel like I deserve to be there and should be playing but Im not, so I have to respect the decision thats been made.Every year theres a guy in my position that doesnt get picked and its a story right now, but in a couple of weeks time when it all starts, Im sure itll be forgotten that Im not in the team.Clarke revealed he had suffered sleepless nights over his decision but ultimately found it impossible to leave Pieters off the team after the 24-year-old finished fourth in the Olympics and second in the defence of his Czech Masters title the following week, before winning in Denmark on Sunday.That call to Russell was as hard a phone call as Ive ever had to make in golfing terms, added Clarke, who played with Pieters for the first two rounds in Denmark and saw him shoot a 62 on Thursday.Partly because I knew how much of a disappointment it would be, because in 2008, I won two weeks before the qualifying finished and it was my second win of the year and I didnt get a pick. So I know how much I was hurting at that stage.With five rookies qualifying automatically, albeit one of them being Masters champion Danny Willett, Clarke had made no secret of wanting to balance the team with experienced players.But the 48-year-old insisted Westwood had not been selected because of the pairs longstanding friendship, adding: I selected him because he brings something that no one else can bring to the Ryder Cup. This is his 10th one.He will be somewhat like the general amongst the team. Anything he says, everybody sits up and listens.Yes, we have six rookies and yes, its not like any other tournament. 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With the amount of money given to players by their clubs these days, it is a wonder that so many of those teams allow the sport to continue to take away many of their assets so they can play for a different team in the middle of their season. http://www.packersrookiestore.com/Packers-Morgan-Burnett-Jersey/ . -- For the first time in two months, an opponent was standing up to Alabama. New Zealands Shaun Johnson has hit back at the controversy over his match-winning field goal against England and suggestions it sailed wide of the uprights.Johnson booted the winner in the Kiws Four Nations 17-16 win against England however replays brought into question the legitimacy of the one-pointer.The Warriors halfback said he was positive the right-veering kick from 10 metres out scraped inside the upright in the tense one-point win at Huddersfield.I guess I probably had the best view out of everyone, Johnson said in Manchester.It went over. I dont think any of the players complained on the field.Johnsons drop goal 10 minutes from fulltime proved the difference, handing David Kidwell his first win as coach.Replays cast doubt on the shots accuracy, with referee Robert Hicks out of position to correctly make the call hhowever players from both teams accepted it.ddddddddddddFootage filmed directly behind the goal posts showed the ball cross the path of the upright, however it was unclear whether it had crossed the plane before or after going over the goalposts.New Zealand forward Tohu Harris backed up his teammates account of events.We were just surprised that people threw that out there but it definitely went over, Harris said.There was a few of us standing right there. I think I was standing next to Shaun when he took the drop goal.As soon as he got it we all started running back and pretty much started thinking about our next job really.The Kiwis meet Australia on Saturday (Sunday morning AEDT) in Coventry. 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