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Chris Kirk

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (32) / 5/8/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 175

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Overnight leader and past champ Chris Kirk backed up with a even-par 34-36=70 in the second round of The RSM Classic, dropping two places to T3 on 9-under 133, four shy of 36-hole clubhouse leader Brian Gay.
After an opening 63 (Plantation), the 2014 winner led by one. It's his fourth career 18-hole lead/co-lead in 198 career events (197 pro), previously 0-for-3 converting. Beginning off No. 10 on the Seaside Course, the 32-year-old hit 12 (of 14) fairways and 14 greens in regulation, losing 0.901 strokes off-the-tee but gaining 1.472 approaching-the-green. He carded three birdies at 11, 18 and 7, cancelled by bogey-4 at 14 and double bogey-6 at 16 after hitting his tee ball OB. The Georgia alum posted 1.786 putts per GIR and -0.606 SG: Putting, needing 31 total putts. Nov 17 - 3:04 PM

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Past champion Chris Kirk coasted to a bogey-free, 9-under-par 31-32=63 while facing Sea Island Golf Club’s Plantation Course during round one of The RSM Classic, breaking the course record while also giving him sole possession of the early clubhouse lead as play starts to wind down on Thursday afternoon.

Kirk hoisted the RSM trophy during the 2014 edition, back when the Seaside Course hosted by itself. The Georgia Bulldog clearly doesn't mind the Plantation Course being added to the rota as he just racked up seven birdies and a closing hole-out eagle while taking on the short, par-72 layout. Kirk pelted 14 greens in regulation today but it was his short game that separated him from the field. He needed just 23 swipes with the putter before his day was done. This is Kirk's lowest round recorded at the RSM and also eclipses Sung Kang's round of 64 last year to set the new course record at the Plantation Course. In addition to that, it is Kirk's lowest round since the 2017 OHL Classic at Mayakoba (R1; 8-under 63), which took place just over 12 months ago.
Nov 16 - 4:10 PM

Alternate and World No. 163 Chris Kirk readies for the inaugural CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES. UPDATE: Kirk finished T54 on 8-over 296 (72-74-76-74).

The 32-year-old was first alternate when the 78-man field was originally published. He's coming off a career-worst 92nd-place finish in the FedExCup standings in his seventh consecutive TOUR campaign. The Georgia alum, once ranked as high as 16th in OWGR in 2015, conjured a career-tying-low six top 25s in 28 starts with three top 10s and a season-best T2 at the opposite-field Sanderson Farms 51 weeks ago. His last top 10 was T7 at the OHL Classic last November and opened this season, with a T30 at the Safeway two weeks ago with new equipment. Kirk, who split with PXG, is now carrying a mixed bag ot TaylorMade, Ping and Mizuno.
Oct 18 - 10:55 AM

Chris Kirk bobbed and weaved his way to a bogey-free, 4-under-par 33-33=66 during round one of THE NORTHERN TRUST, placing him two strokes shy of the first-round lead held by Russell Henley.

The Georgia Bulldog split 11 (of 14) fairways and pelted 14 greens today. From there, he sank four putts from outside 10 feet, including a 17'7" par-saver at the 14th and a 20'1" birdie blast at the 15th. Kirk would walk off the course gaining 1.934 strokes putting, despite a very short miss from tap-in range at the par-4 12th. The 32-year-old has just one finish better than T60 in his last nine starts (T18, Barracuda Championship) but he's having no troubles getting the engine revved up in New York. In six previous starts at this event, his best finish is a T46 (2012) but he's taking a quick liking to Glen Oaks Club this week.
Aug 24 - 6:31 PM

Chris Kirk contests his fifth John Deere Classic at TPC Deere Run, first since a missed cut in 2014, and has a 3-for-4 record overall with three cashes between T22 and T30.

The Georgia alum missed seven weeks in 2015 with a broken right hand. He's not missed any time since, but arguably, has not been the same performer, particularly when it comes to making cuts. Just prior to the injury, Kirk had won the 2015 Colonial, the most recent of four TOUR titles, and that was in the year following his career-best season in 2014, finishing 2nd in the final FedExCup standings. Last year, the 32-year-old dipped to 54th in FEC points, and this season, he's currently 88th with 10 MCs in 22 starts, including two straight and three of his last four. Kirk had three top 10s before the holiday break, but none in his last 17 starts. He was as high as 16th in OWGR back in 2015 and enters this week 128th.
Jul 12 - 1:13 PM

Chris Kirk fashioned a 3-under-par 34-35=69 during the opening round of the Wells Fargo Championship, placing him inside the top 10 on the live leaderboard.

The Georgia Bulldog arrived on the heels of three straight missed cuts as well as five of his last six. He pushed that form aside today as he circled four birdies to offset a lone bogey. His tee-to-green play wasn't setting any records (8 fairways hit, 11 GIR) but his short game was outstanding. He sank four putts from the 6-to-12 foot range and also reeled one in from 30'3" for birdie at the par-4 seventh hole. Kirk walked off the course gaining 1.17 strokes around-the-green and 3.68 strokes putting. The Georgia native will need to tidy up his approach play if he wants to keep his name in the mix as the week progresses.
May 4 - 5:48 PM

World No. 90 Chris Kirk is in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, for his seventh RBC Heritage and arrives at 55th in the FedExCup standings.

The Georgia native and resident is 8-for-12 on the season with four top 25s and three top 10s. All three of those top 10s came in the fall portion of the wraparound schedule, including a T2 at the opposite-field Sanderson Farms. At the CC of Jackson, the Georgia alum was a 54-hole co-leader and closed in 2-under 70, but TOUR rookie Cody Gribble raced by with 7-under 65 to win by four. Two starts later, he was the 18-hole leader in Mexico after a season-low 63, finishing in 70-68-67 for T7. In eight events since, Kirk has missed four cuts with a best of T21 at the CareerBuilder. He MCd his first two RBC's but has cashed his last four times, including a best of T23 last year, where he was T5 thru 54 holes (72-66-71) but closed in 3-over 74.
Apr 12 - 5:33 PM

Chris Kirk coasted to a bogey-free, 5-under-par 33-33=66 in his opening round at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, sitting two strokes off the current lead set by Matt Kuchar.

The Georgia Bulldog book-ended seven pars with a couple of birdies on the front nine. The first came from 9'6" but the circle at the par-4 ninth came from 33'9". He would take advantage of the two par 5s on his inward nine but saved his best shot for the rowdy par-3 16th. It was here that he stuck it to 2'3" for a tap-in birdie. Possibly the best shot of the day at the infamous stadium hole. Kirk is making his sixth start at the WM Phoenix Open, arriving with a T24 in 2013 as his previous best.
Feb 2 - 7:39 PM

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

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.
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