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Chris Kirk

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (30) / 5/8/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 175

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Chris Kirk scurried up the leaderboard with a 5-under-par 33-34=67 during the second round of the Zurich Classic, reaching the midpoint at 6-under 138.
Playing with a pair of fellow Georgia Bulldogs, Kirk had to feel at ease on the course today. He striped 10 (of 14) fairways, landed 13 greens, and made some clutch putts when needed. Kirk saved par three times from outside seven feet, including a 29'6" par-saver at the par-5 seventh hole. It wasn't just putts to save par, though, as he tallied six birdies in his second navigation of TPC Louisiana, reaching 10 total on the week. Kirk is making his first Zurich start since a T21 in 2013, but he's picking up right where he left off. Apr 29 - 5:27 PM

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Chris Kirk bobbed and weaved to an even-par 34-37=71 in the third round of the RBC Heritage for a 54-hole total of 4-under 209, up two places on the live leaderboard to T5, three shy of 54-hole leader Luke Donald.

The 30-year-old split nine (of 14) fairways and mustered 10 greens in regulation, posting 1.688 strokes gained: tee-to-green and 0.859 strokes gained: putting at the time he signed his card. He raced out with back-to-back birdies on Nos. 1 and 2, including a 29-footer at the former, but didn't record another par breaker until a hole-out from 17 yards for a walk-off 3 at the 18th. In-between, he squared bogeys on 10, 13 and 15, all on failed scrambles.
Apr 16 - 5:56 PM

Chris Kirk fired a 5-under-par 33-33=66 during the second round of the RBC Heritage, reaching the 36-hole checkpoint at 4-under 138.

The Georgia Bulldog split nine (of 14) fairways, landed 11 greens in regulation, and got ample support from the flat stick today. On the round, he rolled in four putts from outside 12 feet. The longest was a 25'5" birdie bomb on the par-3 fourth hole. His lone blemish of the round came early when he found a greenside bunker on the par-3 third and couldn't complete the sandie, giving one stroke back. Later in the round he added another highlight, stubbing in a chip from 35'4" on the par-3 17th hole. Kirk is T6 on the live leaderboard and just two strokes off the co-leaders entering the weekend.
Apr 15 - 5:50 PM

Playing his third WGC-Dell Match Play, 54-seed Chris Kirk advanced to the Round of 8 with a 2-and-1 win over 30-seed Bill Haas and will face 3-seed Rory McIlroy in the quarterfinals.

Kirk was the Group 11 playoff winner with a 2-1-0 record while Haas won Group 6 with a 3-0-0 mark. He was 1 down thru four after Haas kicked-off with birdie, but got back level with his own birdie-3 at the fifth. The 30-year-old moved to 1 up with par on the par-3 seventh and 2 up with a 22'9" birdie-3 at the eighth. He won holes 11 and 14 with birdies to erase Haas' wins at 13 and 16. Kirk finished 2-1 in last year's edition (T17) but was eliminated in the Group Stage.
Mar 26 - 12:39 PM

54-seed Chris Kirk upended 38-seed David Lingmerth 3-and-2 on day three of group play at the WGC-Dell Match Play to improve to 2-1-0, and will face 11-seed Branden Grace in a hole-by-hole stroke-play playoff to determine the Group No. 11 winner. UPDATE: With par on the first playoff hole (par-4 first), Kirk eliminated Grace (bogey) and advances to the Round of 16.

Kirk eliminates Lingmerth who finished his WGC-Match Play debut with a 0-2-1 record. He opened with two straight birdies to move 2 up early and extended to 3 up with a 4 on the par-5 fifth. Lingmerth reduced the deficit to 2 down with a birdie on the par-3 seventh before Kirk struck back with a birdie-3 at the ninth to turn 3 up. Lingmerth fought on, winning the par-4 10th with birdie, but Kirk moved back to 3 up with his fourth birdie at the par-5 12th. The duo halved the next four holes to conclude the match.
Mar 25 - 3:12 PM

Chris Kirk orchestrated a 3-under-par 36-33=69 in the third round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational for a 54-hole tally of 8-under 208, up six places on the live leaderboard to T10.

In easily his best showing since missing seven weeks back in Dec. with a broken right hand, Kirk is within shouting distance of the leaders after opening his fifth API in 68-71-69. In Saturday's play, he split 11 (of 14) fairways for a second straight day, but digressed to just nine greens in regulation. However, he went 8-for-9 in scrambling with his only blemish at the par-5 fourth, playing his final 14 holes in bogey-free 4-under. Each of his four conversions traveled less than nine feet. Kirk's season best on nine starts is T18 at The RSM Classic.
Mar 19 - 2:11 PM

Chris Kirk styled a 4-under-par 34-34=68 in round one of this week's Arnold Palmer Invitational.

The Georgia Bulldog opened with flair today, splashing home a 31'8" birdie putt on the par-3 second and following up with 10'2" and 17'9" birdie rolls on the next two holes. The flat stick remained hot from downtown throughout the round. He added two more putts from outside 16 feet, and also holed out from the fringe (19'3") at the par-4 11th hole. This round marks a career low for Kirk at Bay Hill with his previous best being a 3-under 69 in round one of the 2014 edition.
Mar 17 - 2:10 PM

Chris Kirk is still searching for form as he preps for this week's Northern Trust Open.

Kirk has deceptive form entering the week. On first glance you may see a 5-of-6 record to open the new season. Taking a closer look we can see that two of his starts came in no-cut events. At the WGC-HSBC Champions he finished T76 (of 78 golfers) and T24 (of 32) at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions. His strokes gained ranking of 110th tells a better story of where his games at currently. We can't fault him for playing his way back into form following a wrist injury, but gamers should hold off on investing until we see a spark.
Feb 17 - 5:44 PM

Chris Kirk is still playing his way into form ahead of this week's Sony Open in Hawaii.

Kirk possesses great course history with 19-for-20 rounds at par or better at Waialae Country Club. His best result was a runner-up finish in 2014 which came on the heels of a T5 the year prior. The only drawback on Kirk this week is his form. It's not despicable but he's yet to truly sizzle since returning from a broken wrist in August. This week's venue poises a great opportunity for the four-time PGA TOUR winner to get back into contention.
Jan 13 - 9:24 PM

Chris Kirk checks in at Kapalua Resort for his fourth start at this week's Hyundai Tournament of Champions.

Kirk often goes under the radar in gamer circles but four victories and three runner-ups in 140 starts is nothing to sneeze at. His ticket to this year's Hyundai was earned with a win at the 2015 Crowne Plaza Invitational. Kirk is still easing his way back into true form after breaking his hand last July. He was also a part of the recent PXG club announcement, and he'll be one (of three) in this week's field playing their irons.
Jan 6 - 3:59 PM

Chris Kirk returns to the site of his second PGA TOUR victory at this week's RSM Classic in Saint Simons Island, Georgia.

At No. 34 in the Official World Golf Ranking, Kirk is the sixth-highest ranked player in the 156-man field this week. He's Georgia all-around, born and residing in Atlanta, UGA alum, and his club affiliation is Sea Island GC in Sea Island, Georgia. Kirk checks the course-form box with T4/2015 and a three-stroke win in 2014, his second (of four) career victories on TOUR. However, the 30-year-old missed seven weeks last season with a broken right hand, and returned for the FedExCup Playoffs to post CUT-T29-T60, exiting after the third round 44th in the FEC standings. This season has not opened any better with T81/MDF ( Open) and T76 at the 77-man no-cut WGC-HSBC Champions.
Tue, Nov 17, 2015 08:34:00 PM

Six days after being the hero for the U.S. Team at the Presidents Cup, Chris Kirk back-pedaled to a 4-over-par 39-35=74 in the third round of the Open and at even-par 216 will not have a Sunday tee time.

Kirk was one of a whopping 26 golfers at T56 after two rounds had been completed, so a second cut of low 70 and ties was required after 54 holes. Joining Kirk on the bench for Sunday: 215--Charlie Beljan; Greg Owen; PGA TOUR rookie Brett Stegmaier; Justin Leonard; Scott Pinckney; Michael Thompson; Shane Bertsch ... Tour grad Martin Piller. Kirk began his loop on the 10th tee and made the turn in bogey-free 1-under, but squared double bogey-6 at the first, his fourth double of the week, and bogeyed Nos. 2 and 6 as well to chase him to the exits.
Sat, Oct 17, 2015 09:08:00 PM

Chris Kirk manufactured an up-and-down to remember at the par-5 18th hole to secure a 1-up victory over Anirban Lahiri in Sunday singles at the Presidents Cup.

Lahiri never led, but he applied the pressure at the last with an up to 44 inches. Kirk’s chipped skated by the hole before coming to rest 15 feet and nine inches away. Still his turn, the American drilled home the birdie. Now facing at best a halve, the Indian rookie lipped out his birdie try, thus swinging the momentum to the visitors. It gave the U.S. a 13½-12½ lead in the competition. Kirk finished his debut in 1-2-0. Lahiri lost all three of his matches.
Sun, Oct 11, 2015 02:06:00 AM

Chris Kirk readies for his Presidents Cup debut at the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea.

Kirk is one of five first-timers on the 12-man U.S. Team having finished 10th in automatic qualifying to earn the final spot on captain Jay Haas' squad. Following the U.S. Open in June, where he finished 75th, broke his right hand playing with his kids and would eventually miss seven weeks of competition. Returned to a missed cut at The Barclays at the end of August (76-68) and posted T29 in his Deutsche Bank defense. He exited the FedExCup Playoffs 44th in the standings after T60 at the BMW Championship. In his fifth season on the PGA TOUR, the 30-year-old made 21 starts, with three top 10s, including his fourth career victory (Crowne Plaza Invitational) in come-from-behind fashion after entering the final round three adrift. Kirk was part of a national championship team at the University of Georgia and was also a member of the U.S. Walker Cup Team.
Tue, Oct 6, 2015 10:45:00 AM

Chris Kirk contests his fifth consecutive BMW Championship and enters the tournament at Conway Farms Golf Club ranked 37th in the FedExCup standings.

Kirk returned from a broken right hand (out seven weeks) to 76-68 at The Barclays to miss the cut by two. Shook some more of the rust off when T29 at the Deutsche Bank posting rounds of 74-69-67-71. The final-round scoring average at TPC Boston was 71.676, so all-in-all, not a total disappointment for the defending champ. Kirk netted his fourth TOUR title in May (132nd career start) at the Crowne Plaza Invitational, erasing a three-stroke deficit after 54 holes to win by one. It was his third top 10 of the season on 20 starts. The 30-year-old has now advanced to the BMW for the fifth straight year since joining the TOUR in 2011. His best results show T12 in 2012 (Crooked Stick GC) and a T24 in 2013 at this year's venue on rounds of 75-70-70-66.
Wed, Sep 16, 2015 08:41:00 AM