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Poulter barge was accident - Kim

Anthony Kim
Kim crossed paths with Poulter on the way to a US victory at Valhalla

Anthony Kim has insisted his collision with Ian Poulter at last week's Ryder Cup was unintentional.

Poulter unhappily referred to being "body-checked" by Kim as he walked off the 14th tee at Valhalla last Saturday.

But the apologetic American, 23, said he failed to spot the Englishman while congratulating team-mate Kenny Perry.

"I wasn't even paying attention and I looked up and Ian had just bounced off me," said Kim, who helped the US to their first Ryder Cup win since 1999.

"I didn't even see him, to be honest. I'm a lot shorter than he is, so I'm not going to throw my elbow into him," he added.

"I wasn't out there to bump anybody. That's not the spirit of the Ryder Cup. This isn't football. I'm sorry he took it personally."

Kim is locked in a new battle with another Ryder Cup rival, Sergio Garcia, as he leads the Spaniard by two shots on seven under par after two rounds of the Tour Championship at East Lake.

Kim added a 69 to his impressive first round 64, while Garcia - who lost to Kim in the first of this year's Ryder Cup singles matches - recovered from a torrid start to card a second round 65 to earn his place in the final pairing.

Phil Mickelson produced five birdies in the closing seven holes of his second round to sit three off the lead.

On returning to the clubhouse, Mickelson confirmed he may join the 2009 European Tour, but has yet to make a decision.

"I'm not sure on my status yet as far as becoming a European Tour member, but I'm certainly considering it," he said.

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