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

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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

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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

Defending champ Chris Kirk dialed-up a 4-under-par 34-33=67 in today's third round of the Deutsche Bank Championship to post 3-under 210, four adrift of the 54-hole clubhouse leaders.

Kirk is T33 on the live leaderboard and currently eight back of the leaders on the course, so barring a miracle, he's not going to repeat. However, following a seven-week injury timeout for a broken right hand, he returned last week to a missed cut (by two) at The Barclays on rounds of 76-68. After opening his title defense in 3-over 74, Kirk struck back with 69 in round two to make the cut and begin today's play at 1-over (T52). The 30-year-old played his first 11 holes in 2-under, circling four against two squares, including a strange sequence of birdie-2, bogey-5, bogey-5, birdie-2 run at Nos. 8-11. Five straight pars followed before holing his second at the par-4 17th from 137 yards for the eagle-2. Kirk continues to struggle with his ball-striking in his return, sitting T52 in driving accuracy thru three rounds, and at last check, T47 in greens in regulation. However, he's up 20 spots on the leaderboard today and maintaining his top-40 position in the projected FedExCup standings.
Sun, Sep 6, 2015 03:31:00 PM

Chris Kirk opened his title defense of the Deutsche Bank Championship in 3-over-par 37-37=74.

There was little redeeming about this round of golf. He split 11 (of 14) fairways but found only 10 greens in regulation. What's more, Kirk failed to connect for even one par breaker, instead dropping three shots with bogeys, including on his first two holes (Nos. 10 and 11). Overall, he fanned on three tries inside nine feet. He's 39th in the FedExCup standings, so the 30-year-old will get at least five more rounds to make a run at qualifying for the finale. If he misses the cut at the DBC, he's guaranteed 72 holes at the no-cut BMW Championship in two weeks.
Fri, Sep 4, 2015 07:27:00 PM

Chris Kirk settled for a 6-over-par 38-38=76 in today's opening round of The Barclays.

You figured he'd struggle in his first round since breaking his right hand on July 10, but even this was disappointing. Consider that Kirk hit 12 greens in regulation and failed to save par on the other six holes where he squared four bogeys and two doubles. What's more, he opened the trot around Plainfield Country Club with a three-jack bogey from 64'5" at the par-4 first hole. He did connect twice from 10-13 feet, once for par (third hole) and once for birdie (15th), but the only redeeming quality to today's effort is that he's back inside the ropes. At 29th in the FedExCup standings, he'll get three starts to position himself for a spot in the finale.
Thu, Aug 27, 2015 01:22:00 PM

Chris Kirk is slated to go off the first tee at Plainfield Country Club at 8:15 a.m. on Thursday for the opening round of The Barclays.

Out since the U.S. Open for a broken hand suffered on July 10, Kirk opens the FedExCup Playoffs ranked 29th in points. During his time away, he's received treatment at the University of Georgia, where he played collegiately. It's been a success. "It’s been six weeks but if feels like it never happened," he said. "Golf is a lot more fun when you’re not in pain." The timing couldn't be better what with the windfalls awaiting the qualifiers, but Kirk will get at least 36 holes to shed the rust before he defends his title at the Deutsche Bank Championship.
Wed, Aug 26, 2015 03:12:00 PM

Chris Kirk acknowledged on Twitter tonight that he's eyeing The Barclays on Aug. 27-30 to return to competition.

The 30-year-old hasn't competed since the U.S. Open due to a broken hand. He's currently 26th in the FedExCup standings, so he could probably sit out the first two events in the Playoffs and still advance if absolutely necessary. There is an off-week two weeks after The Barclays.
Mon, Aug 3, 2015 10:08:00 PM

As a result of recently breaking his hand, Chris Kirk will not compete in next week's World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational.

This was expected when Kirk proclaimed on Twitter on July 15 that he was "unlikely" to peg it at both Firestone next week and Whistling Straits for the PGA Championship on Aug. 13-16. He's 23rd in the FedExCup standings.
Wed, Jul 29, 2015 11:07:00 AM

In an exchange on Twitter on Wednesday, Chris Kirk revealed a couple of valuable pieces of information regarding his timetable for a return.

Kirk was scratched from this week's Open Championship when he broke his right hand playing with his kids. When asked on Twitter when he thinks he'll return, Kirk replied, "not sure yet, doc says 5 weeks." The strong follow-up question (presumably by an intrepid and resourceful fantasy gamer) asked Kirk about the likelihood of giving the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational (Aug. 6-9) and PGA Championship (Aug. 13-16) a go. To that, Kirk said, "both pretty unlikely." He's currently 20th in the FedExCup standings, so the 30-year-old is a shoe-in to go three events deep into the Playoffs, which begin with The Barclays on Aug. 27. Whether he'll be ready by then remains in doubt.
Fri, Jul 17, 2015 09:30:00 PM

Chris Kirk has withdrawn from The Open Championship with a broken right hand, as reported by Golf Channel's Tim Rosaforte.

Kirk, winner of the Crowne Plaza Invitational in May, reportedly broke his right hand on Friday, July 10, playing with one of his sons on the family farm. The 30-year-old is 15-for-18 on the season with three top-10 finishes. He's 19th in the Official World Golf Ranking. Prior to the injury, Kirk was scheduled to make his second Open Championship appearance, having finished T19 in his 2014 debut. He finished 75th at the U.S. Open in his latest start.
Sat, Jul 11, 2015 02:24:00 PM