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Chris Kirk

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (31) / 5/8/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 175

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Chris Kirk hung up a 6-under-par 35-31=66 in the weather-delayed final round of the Safeway Open to finish off his second appearance on 14-under 274, up 10 places to T7 with play still in progress. UPDATE: With play completed, Kirk finished in a five-way T8.
The 31-year-old had an up-and-down week posting rounds of 73-65-70-66, but significantly better than a T81/MDF in last year's debut. He began the final frame on 8-under (T17), seven adrift of 54-hole leader Patton Kizzire, but just one shy of the top 10. With preferred lies in effect, he erased a lone bogey-6 at the ninth with seven birdies, including back-to-backs on holes 4 and 5 and three straight to end his lap. For the week, the Georgia native and resident carded 22 birdies against six bogeys and a double bogey-6 in the first round. He's currently T1 in putts per GIR (cumulative 1.611), highlighted by a stellar 1.500 in R4. Oct 16 - 7:53 PM

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Beginning off No. 10 tee, Chris Kirk painted a 7-under-par 33-32=65 in the two-day second round of the Safeway Open to reach halftime on 6-under 138, up 87 spots to T15 and good for the low lap of the second round.

The 31-year-old is making his second appearance in Napa after a T81/MDF last year (72-70-74). He kicked off with a 73, overshadowing four birdies with three bogeys and a double bogey-6, but righted the ship (big time) with eight birdies and one bogey in round 2. The Georgia native and resident was bogey-free 6-under on his lap thru 12 holes when play was nixed on Friday, circling six birdie-3s. He returned on Saturday morning to sandwich a lone bogey-4 at the seventh (3-putt from 65'10") with birdies on 4 and 9. Kirk improved to 10 (of 14) fairways and 17 greens in regulation, and gained 6.117 strokes on the field.
Oct 15 - 1:38 PM

Chris Kirk conjured up a 1-under-par 35-36=71 in today's final round of the BMW Championship to finish up his sixth appearance on 10-under 278, down two places on the live leaderboard to T10.

The Atlanta, Georgia, native and resident entered the week 66th in the FedExCup standings and will be eliminated, projecting to climb 12 spots to 54th. Playing his seventh season on TOUR, he was hoping to advance to his hometown's TOUR Championship for just a second time (2014). If the top 10 holds, it will be just his third of the season in 28 events -- though 12th top 25 -- but, it's going to be his worst season on TOUR as far as his final ranking goes in the FEC standings (previously No. 49 in 2012). For the week, Kirk totaled 21 birdies against 11 bogeys.
Sep 11 - 5:34 PM

Chris Kirk fashioned a 6-under-par 35-31=66 in the second round of the BMW Championship to reach the midpoint on 10-under 134, up four spots to T4, four in arrears to 36-hole co-leaders Roberto Castro and Dustin Johnson.

Before the 31-year-old got underway in his second round, he first had to complete nine holes of his first lap left over from Thursday, which he did in 1-over 37 for 68. That, after opening the tourney in bogey-free 31 on the front nine at Crooked Stick GC before play was suspended (darkness). In round 2, which began off No. 10 tee, he went out in bogey-free 31, and came home in 35, squaring a lone bogey at the par-3 third. The Georgian circled seven birdies, including three straight on holes 17, 18 and 1. Six dropped from inside of seven feet with a long of 18'8" at the par-3 17th. He mustered just 12 greens in regulation but posted a tidy 1.417 putts per GIR.
Sep 9 - 6:05 PM

Chris Kirk spun a 6-under-par 31-34=65 in the final round of the Quicken Loans National for a 72-hole total of 6-under 278, up 43 spots to T15 with play still in progress.

The 31-year-old matched John Huh for low round in the clubhouse after seven birdies against a lone bogey (failed scramble) on the par-3 10th. He's currently No. 1 for the week in total birdies with 21, but squared 11 bogeys and two doubles. Kirk entered the tourney with just two top 10s on the season thru 19 events but is on track for his ninth top 25. He began the final round on even-par (T58) after opening his fourth appearance in 72-70-71. The Georgian circled birdies on Nos. 1, 3, 6, 8, 9, 15 and 17 with three traveling greater than 10 feet, highlighted by a 23'4" birdie-3 at the third.
Jun 26 - 2:49 PM

The final round of the DEAN & DELUCA Invitational began at 10:19 a.m. CT with threesomes off split tees. UPDATE: With a closing 1-under-par 33-36=69, Chris Kirk finished T15 in his title defense.

When third round play was completed on Saturday, the original plan for Sun. was twosomes off a single tee. Overnight rain nixed that idea and officials pushed back start times a little over three hours. The final threesome consisting of 54-hole leader Jordan Spieth, Ryan Palmer and Webb Simpson are scheduled out at 12:20 p.m. After opening in twin 70s to make the cut by one, defender Kirk dialed-up a 5-under 65 (six birdies, one bogey) in R3 to vault 29 places to T15. He is in the sixth-to-last group off No. 1 tee and begins the final round seven back of Spieth.
May 29 - 11:24 AM

Chris Kirk makes his way back to Fort Worth, Texas, in anticipation of his title defense at this week's DEAN & DELUCA Invitational.

The Georgia Bulldog signed for rounds of 68-69-65-66 to finish the last year's edition atop the leaderboard at 12-under 268. Kirk is no stranger to success at Colonial Country Club, entering last year with a 5-for-5 record that included a trio of top 20s. Throw last year's win onto that and it becomes a very impressive course resume. More recently, Kirk ended a run of great form when he withdrew during the second round of THE PLAYERS. Gamers should not worry about the WD since it was a case of Kirk getting stranded due to weather and not wanting to return on Saturday just to finish up one hole as his missed-cut fate was already sealed. Prior to that, Kirk had rattled off three straight top 25s, putting any signs of his wrist injury in the rear-view mirror. The four-time PGA TOUR winner has defending all three of his previous titles with top 30s.
May 24 - 8:47 AM

Chris Kirk smoothed a bogey-free 7-under-par 32-33=65 in the three-day third (and final) round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans to wrap his third appearance on 13-under 203, up 12 on the live leaderboard to T5, one back of 54-hole clubhouse leader Bobby Wyatt.

This was Kirk's best at TPC Louisiana supplanting T21 in his last visit in 2013. He began the third round on 6-under (T17) after opening in 71-67. The soon-to-be 31-year-old (May 8th) split 10 (of 14) fairways and hit 16 greens in regulation, posting a tidy 1.563 putts per GIR. He circled seven -- six from inside of 10 feet -- with a long of 31'7" on the par-4 first. Kirk records his first stroke-play top 10 of the season in 14 events and tacks on another progressively better finish after recording T23 and T13 the last two weeks. His season best is T5 at the Dell Match Play so he's on the cusp of matching or breaking that mark.
May 2 - 10:50 AM

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

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