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Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (29) / 5/8/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 175
College: University of Georgia

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Chris Kirk enjoyed a 4-under-par 33-33=66 in his third round of The McGladrey Classic to post 9-under 201 and earn a share of the 54-hole clubhouse lead.
It was a bit of a mixed bag for the defending champ at Seaside today. He split 12 (of 14) fairways and hit 13 greens in regulation, but squared three bogeys, including a three-putt from inside 25 feet at the par-4 second hole. Overall, he fanned on three tries inside eight feet. However, Kirk more than made up for the close calls with an eagle from 115 yards in the fairway at the par-4 eighth hole. He also converted five birdies, including rolls from 24'6", 13'1" and 14'11" at Nos. 1, 4 and 18, respectively. Oct 25 - 4:28 PM

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Chris Kirk followed his opening, bogey-free 68 at The McGladrey Classic with a 3-under-par 34-33=67 in today's second round.

The defending champion tripped at the gate, penciling in a 6 at the par-4 10th hole where he found trouble off the tee. He was blemish-free thereafter and found five birdies, including rolls of 18'1" and 13'1" at Nos. 13 and 8, respectively. At 5-under 135, Kirk is four strokes off Russell Henley's 36-hole lead.
Oct 24 - 6:16 PM

Chris Kirk opened his title defense of The McGladrey Classic with a bogey-free, 2-under-par 33-35=68.

He was one of only two golfers to avoid the bogeyman today (Mark Wilson, 67), so even though the field scoring average landed at 69.870 (-0.130 strokes to par), the course won a few battles. Kirk split nine (of 14) fairways and hit 16 greens in regulation. He buried two birdies, including a roll from 8'1" at the par-4 fifth. That was his longest conversion of the day. He's lurking three swings adrift of the foursome sharing the overnight lead.
Oct 23 - 7:06 PM

Chris Kirk begins his 2014-15 campaign as the defending champion at The McGladrey Classic.

Kirk finished his week at 14-under-par 266 and emerged by a stroke over Briny Baird and Tim Clark on Sea Island Resort's Seaside Course. Kirk's win sparked a career season that featured a FedExCup Playoff win at the Deutsche Bank Championship and $4,854,777 in earnings. It will be hard for him to eclipse what he did in 2013-14 this time around, but he has to try and start somewhere.
Oct 20 - 9:57 PM

Chris Kirk fashioned a 2-under-par 34-34=68 in the final round of the TOUR Championship, grabbing the early clubhouse lead at 7-under 273.

Kirk got the flat stick working early and often during his finale. It started with a 10'10" bogey save on the difficult par-3 sixth. He proceeded to roll in three more putts from outside ten feet before the round was over, none measuring more than 11 feet. It could have easily been one better, as his 21'6" putt on the par-4 17th missed by mere inches. Kirk will now sit and watch anxiously in the clubhouse, just in case his 7-under aggregate is good enough.
Sep 14 - 5:11 PM

Chris Kirk took a step back with a 1-over-par 37-34=71 in the third round of the TOUR Championship.

Kirk circled routine birdies on the par-4 third and par-5 15th holes, but those were offset by a bogey on the par-4 first and double on the par-3 sixth where he splashed his tee shot. His putter was of no help today, as he walked off with a -0.048 strokes gained-putting for the round. Entering the week as the FedExCup leader, Kirk now finds himself in striking distance, just four strokes off the 54-hole lead at 5-under 205.
Sep 13 - 6:40 PM

Overnight co-leader Chris Kirk signed for a 2-under-par 33-35=68 following his second round of the TOUR Championship.

Kirk hit 13 greens in regulation and failed to get up and down twice in five tries (and swallowed bogeys), but he added a pair of three-putt bogeys at the par-4 fourth and par-3 11th holes. So, his six birdies really aided in avoiding a free fall on the leaderboard. Kirk buried birdie looks from 15 feet, 25'10" and 28'1" at Nos. 3, 7 and 8, respectively. He also converted his attempt for par at the par-4 fifth from 20'3". At 6-under 134, he's two strokes off Billy Horschel's 36-hole lead.
Sep 12 - 3:05 PM

Chris Kirk smoothed a bogey-free, 4-under-par 33-33=66 in his opening round of the TOUR Championship and finished with a share of the overnight lead with playing partner Billy Horschel.

You could make an argument that the two fed off each other since Kirk and Horschel were the only two in the field that signed blemish-free scorecards. Kirk split nine (of 14) fairways and went 5-for-5 in scrambling while picking off four birdies. His longest conventional conversion measured 11'2" at the par-5 15th hole, but his highlight occurred at the par-4 17th. His escape from rough right of the fairway came to rest short of the green and 27 yards from the cup. He calmly chipped in for what was his final birdie of the round. His strokes gained: tee-to-green landed at 2.991, good for third-best in the field of 29.
Sep 11 - 5:52 PM

Chris Kirk arrived at East Lake Golf Club for the TOUR Championship ranked first in the FedExCup standings.

Simply put, Kirk holds all of the cards this week. Any player inside the top five in the FEC standings that produces a win is guaranteed the FEC title. With that perk comes the additional pressure of having to play for not just the tournament title, but the $10,000,000 pot of gold at the end of the 2013-14 rainbow. It's hard to imagine him winning two out of the last three tournaments of the year, but stranger things have happened.
Sep 9 - 9:19 PM

Chris Kirk spun a bogey-free 5-under-par 33-33=66 in the final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship to post 15-under 269, good for a two-stroke victory over a trio of runners-up.

Kirk began the week ranked 17th in the FedExCup standings, but now ascends to the top spot. His lap around TPC Boston featured five birdies and 13 pars. Three of those birdies were of notable length, falling from 10'11", 22'8" and 13'2" on the ninth, 13th and 16th holes, respectively. The putter was the key to his week as he ranked fifth in strokes gained. He also managed to play his final 39 holes without a blemish, which never hurts. With his third PGA TOUR victory (and second this season) coming as the perfect time, he now finds himself squarely on the bubble in terms of Ryder Cup consideration. Captain Tom Watson will announce his three captain's picks tomorrow, and it stands to reason that Kirk, who finished the season 14th in the Ryder Cup standings, will be on the short list of candidates.
Sep 1 - 5:57 PM

Chris Kirk fired a bogey-free 7-under-par 33-31=64 in the third round of the Deutsche Bank Championship to join Rory McIlroy in the clubhouse lead at 10-under 203.

Kirk recorded his seven birdies in bunches, beginning with back-to-back birdies at the first and second holes at TPC Boston. He would then throw in a trio of birdies on the ninth, 10th and 11th holes before closing with back-to-back birdies at 17 and 18. Of his birdies, only his chip-in from 28'8" on the par-4 17th fell from outside of seven feet, as proximity was a key to his success. He putted to a 1.583 avearage on Sunday despite barely gaining ground in the strokes gained category.
Aug 31 - 4:05 PM

Chris Kirk is set to give it a go at the 96th PGA Championship this week at Valhalla Golf Club.

Kirk is 2-for-2 in his career at the PGA Championship, and also owns top 30s in each of the first three majors of the season. He gets it done on a weekly basis, thanks to his scoring average before the cut of 70, which ranks 8th on TOUR. The quick starts have led to just one missed cut in 23 events played. Kirk is a fantastic pick this week for gamers looking for an under-rated safe option.
Aug 5 - 10:59 AM

Chris Kirk signed for a pair of even-par 71s at the John Deere Classic and missed the cut by two strokes.

Some thrive in shootouts and some die. Kirk arrived at TPC Deere having cashed in 22 consecutive starts dating back to last season, but he'll be forced to start anew at next week's Open Championship. He buried seven birdies against five bogeys, but was stung by a triple bogey at the par-4 18th hole in his opening round where he rinsed his approach and couldn't find the putting surface until his sixth whack. Other notables that missed the cut include: 141--Brian Stuard; Ben Martin ... 142--Kevin Streelman; Billy Hurley III ... 143--Pat Perez; Robert Garrigus; Patrick Rodgers ... 144--Jason Bohn; Jason Allred ... 146--Roberto Castro ... 147--Scott Stallings ... 148--2001 champ David Gossett.
Jul 11 - 8:47 PM

Chris Kirk turned in a 1-under-par 33-36=69 for his second round of The Greenbrier Classic to post 6-under 134, three strokes adrift of the 36-hole clubhouse lead.

He landed only half of greens, but limited the damage to a double-bogey 5 at the 15th hole. Kirk also circled three birdies, none more brilliant than his hole-out from a greenside bunker 29 yards away at the par-4 sixth. He hired Jimmy Johnson as his caddie this week. Johnson is Steve Stricker's regular looper, but Stricker didn't give Johnson enough notice to reserve his man this week, so Johnson hooked up with Kirk, which he'll often do what with Stricker's light schedule. It's possible that the two touring pro will be paired in the third round.
Jul 4 - 5:57 PM

Chris Kirk spun a bogey-free, 5-under-par 32-33=65 in his opening round of The Greenbrier Classic, finishing one stroke off the clubhouse lead.

Kirk hasn't had much success at this tournament, but he's still blazing a trail on the PGA TOUR at the age of 29. He missed only three (of 14) fairways and just one green in regulation today while picking off five birdies. The set included conversions from 15'9" and 19'3" at the 10th and 16th holes, respectively. He parred both par 5s. Kirk is well on his way to his 22nd consecutive payday.
Jul 3 - 1:29 PM