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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 traded seven birdies with one bogey on his way around La Quinta Country Club in round two of the CareerBuilder Challenge, signing for a 6-under-par 31-35=66 to arrive at the midpoint on 9-under 135.
The Georgia Bulldog missed the cut at last week's Sony Open in Hawaii, but he's rebounding nicely in his return to the States. During today's navigation of La Quinta CC, he splashed 16 greens in regulation after finding 11 (of 14) fairways off the tee. His lone bogey came at the par-3 15th when he missed the green with his tee ball and failed to get up-and-down. Kirk arrived with missed cuts in his last two starts but top 10s in four of the five starts prior. He is back in comfortable territory near the top 10 as he currently sits in a share of eighth place on the live leaderboard with play still in progress. Jan 20 - 4:06 PM

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Chris Kirk looks to bounce back from a missed cut at last week's Sony Open in Hawaii, turning his attention to this week's CareerBuilder Challenge in La Quinta, California.

Kirk opened the new 2016-17 campaign with a bang, posting three top 10s over his first four starts. A missed cut at The RSM Classic left a sour taste in his mouth over the holiday break and he failed to find the flavor last week at Waialae Country Club. The Georgia Bulldog's history at the CareerBuilder Challenge is nothing to write home about, 3-for-4, but a T7 in 2011 is certainly notable. Kirk arrives a bit out of form, making him a very strong candidate to fly under the radar this week in all fantasy formats.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Jan 18 - 11:42 AM

First-round leader Chris Kirk handed in a 4-under-par 34-33=67 after the final round of the OHL Classic at Mayakoba to wrap his tournament debut on 16-under 268, up two places on the live leaderboard to T8.

The 31-year-old was the 18-hole front-runner (by one) with a bogey-free 63 and chased with 70-68-67 for his third top 10 of the season in four events. He began the final round in a four-way T10 on 12-under and silenced a lone bogey-5 at the ninth with five birdies on 10 (of 14) fairways and 14 greens in regulation, currently 2nd in the latter at 83.33 percent (60/72). Kirk is the top debutant of 31 first-timers this week at Mayakoba.
Sun, Nov 13, 2016 03:32:00 PM

Overnight leader Chris Kirk back-pedaled to a 1-under-par 34-36=70 in today's second round of the OHL Classic at Mayakoba, dropping three places on the live leaderboard to T4, four back of 36-hole clubhouse leader Gary Woodland.

The 31-year-old began the second frame with a one-shot lead over three players, including Woodland, who shot bogey-free 65 in R2. He raced out with three straight birdies on holes 4-6 before sandwiching birdie-2 at eight with bogeys on 7 and 9 to turn 2-under. The Georgian squared the 10th and 12th before getting one back with birdie-4 at the 13th which completed his scoring. It's been a bit of an up-and-down ride to begin 2016-17, co-leading thru 54 holes at the Sanderson Farms before finishing T2 and was T3 last week at the Shriners thru 36 holes before plummeting to T61 with 75-74.
Fri, Nov 11, 2016 12:48:00 PM

Chris Kirk waltzed his way around El Camaleón Golf Club en route to a bogey-free, 8-under-par 32-31=63 during round one of the OHL Classic at Mayakoba, staking his claim as the current clubhouse leader.

The Georgia Bulldog is making his first appearance at the OHL Classic, but you'd never know by today's scorecard. He found 10 fairways and parlayed that into 14 greens hit, going 4-for-4 scrambling in the process. Kirk suffered with consistency last year as he played his way back from a wrist injury, but with top 10s in three of his last four starts leading up to this week, it's safe to say his form has returned. The four-time PGA TOUR winner is one shot clear of the field after day one, but with 69 golfers currently in red numbers, he'll need to keep his scoring machine turned on for three more rounds.
Thu, Nov 10, 2016 05:58:00 PM

Chris Kirk maintained a steady pace in round two of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, styling a 6-under-par 33-32=65 to stake a very early claim of the 36-hole clubhouse lead at 11-under 131 with play still in progress.

The Georgia Bulldog continues to rely on his stellar short game in Las Vegas. After landing just 12 greens during his bogey-free opener, he found just 13 GIR today, but still carded just one bogey. The biggest weapon for Kirk today was his flat stick, splashing home five putts from outside eight feet including a pair from 17-to-20 feet. This week is Kirk's fourth appearance in Las Vegas, posting nothing better than T36 in his previous attempts. Barring a train-wreck over the weekend, he's well on pace to eclipse a new personal best at TPC Summerlin. Ideally, he would tidy up the ball-striking to alleviate some of the stress that's been put on his short game so far.
Fri, Nov 4, 2016 03:29:00 PM

Chris Kirk cruised to a bogey-free, 5-under-par 33-33=66 during the first round of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, positioning himself nicely inside the top 10 on day one.

The Georgia Bulldog is making his fourth appearance at the Shriners this week, first since a two-year absence following a T36 at the 2014 edition. He made it look rather easy today, despite finding just seven fairways and 12 greens. Scrambling has always been one of his best attributes and he put those skills to good use today, gaining 0.903 strokes around-the-green and 1.712 strokes putting en route to a 6-for-6 day in scrambling. Kirk finished in a three-way tie for second place last week, and his form stayed intact through one round at TPC Summerlin. He should keep his name in the mix as the week progresses, especially if he can pick up the ball-striking a bit.
Thu, Nov 3, 2016 08:29:00 PM

Overnight co-leader and past champ Chris Kirk conjured up a bogey-free 2-under-par 36-34=70 in the final round of the Sanderson Farms Championship to conclude his fifth appearance on 16-under 272, down one place into a three-way T2, four adrift of champion and playing competitor Cody Gribble, who shot 65.

The 31-year-old won the first (of four) TOUR titles at this event in 2011 as the 54-hole leader, then called the Viking Classic at Annandale GC. He added top 10s in 2012 (T10) and 2013 (T9) at the former venue, so this is his fourth straight top-10 finish. He began the finale sharing a one-shot lead with Luke List on 14-under, one clear of Gribble. The Georgian mustered just seven (of 14) fairways and 10 greens in regulation, posting a pedestrian 1.900 putts per GIR. While blemish-free, he opened with 10 straight pars before circling the 11th and 15th, both from inside of six feet. Chasing his first win since the 2015 Crowne Plaza, Kirk settles for a fourth career runner-up in his 167th career start and drops to 2-for-5 when leading co-leading thru 54 holes.
Sun, Oct 30, 2016 06:22:00 PM

Past champ Chris Kirk twirled a 7-under-par 32-33=65 in the third round of the Sanderson Farms Championship at the CC of Jackson to reach 14-under 202, up 13 spots to T1, a share of the 54-hole clubhouse lead with Luke List, and tied for the low round of the day with List and Whee Kim. UPDATE: With play completed, Kirk and List co-lead and will begin the final round one clear of three players.

The University of Georgia alum's first (of four) TOUR titles was at this event in 2011, then called the Viking Classic and held at Annandale GC. He added top 10s in 2012 (T10) and 2013 (T9) at the former venue, and he's brought those good vibes to his course debut in Jackson. After opening in 67-70, the 31-year-old began the third round on 7-under (T14), five shy of 36-hole leader Grayson Murray. He squared a lone bogey at the par-5 fifth (failed scramble) but camouflaged it with eight birdies on 15 greens in regulation, posting a stellar 1.467 putts per GIR and 4.162 SG: Putting. Four of Kirk's conversions were from 10 feet or greater and also canned a 10'6" par-saver at the 18th. Making his 167th career start, he's looking for his first win since the 2015 Crowne Plaza Invitational.
Sat, Oct 29, 2016 05:43:00 PM

Top-ranked Chris Kirk signed for a 2-under-par 34-36=70 after the second round of the Sanderson Farms Championship to reach halftime on 7-under 137, down two places on the live leaderboard to T14.

Already the highest-ranked in OWGR (76) in Mississippi, he's now the highest-ranked in pre-tourney odds (outright) at 14/1 with fave Patton Kizzire (12/1) heading towards a missed cut. He hit the same number of fairways in R2, nine (of 14), and dipped just one, to 15 greens in regulation, but the flat stick abandoned him, currently -0.427 in SG: Putting vs. 3.127 in R1. The 31-year-old squared bogey-5s at 12 and 16, both on failed sand saves, outpacing them with four birdies, each from inside of 12 feet.
Fri, Oct 28, 2016 06:47:00 PM

Chris Kirk breezed through the Country Club of Jackson, firing a 5-under-par 33-34=67 during his opening round of the Sanderson Farms Championship.

World No. 76 is the highest-ranked golfer in the field this week, so it's no surprise to see him off and running through day one. The Georgia Bulldog pelted 16 greens and drilled five putts from 10-to-17 feet. The four-time PGA TOUR winner is making his first appearance at CC of Jackson, but already boasts a win at this tournament (2011). The event was hosted by Annandale Golf Club that year. Kirk's pedigree alone makes him a serious threat to find the winner's circle again this week.
Thu, Oct 27, 2016 01:40:00 PM

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.
Sun, Oct 16, 2016 07:53:00 PM

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.
Sat, Oct 15, 2016 01:38:00 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.
Sun, Sep 11, 2016 05:34:00 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.
Fri, Sep 9, 2016 06:05:00 PM