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

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Chris Kirk signed for a 2-under-par 33-35=68 following his opening round of the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial.
When you hear the phrase that not all scores of the same number are, well, the same, you can use Kirk's experience today as an exception. He hit only four (of 14) fairways and hit seven greens in regulation, yet co-leads the field with seven birdies. That set features a hole-out from the rough at the par-4 17th. Five of his birdies traveled longer than 13 feet; three found the cup from outside 20 feet. His longest measured 40'11" at the par-3 fourth. Kirk also squared five bogeys, which means he parred only six holes. He's four strokes strokes adrift of the clubhouse co-leaders. At last check, he ranked 100th in the field in strokes gained: tee-to-green (-1.662) but second in strokes gained: putting (4.089). May 21 - 5:15 PM

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Overnight leader Chris Kirk back-pedaled to a 3-over-par 37-38=75 in the final round of THE PLAYERS and his 7-under 281 dropped him back to a share of thirteenth place.

Kirk began the final round with a one-stroke advantage over three players, including his former teammate on the Georgia golf team Kevin Kisner, whom he was paired with in the final group. Thru 54 holes, Kirk had registered just four bogeys, but would match that total over his last 18 with dropped shots on Nos. 4, 5, 14 and 15. His lone par breaker on the round came at the par-4 seventh and wound up being his only conversion on 11 scoring chances. With five PLAYERS appearances now in the books, Kirk's T13 matched the same career-best result that he had registered in last year's edition.
May 11 - 10:26 AM

Chris Kirk signed for a 4-under-par 33-35=68 in today's third round of THE PLAYERS posting 10-under 208, good for a one-stroke lead after 54 holes.

Kirk began his third round in a four-way tie for third at 6-under and two strokes off the lead. He opened with three routine pars before bagging his first birdie (of six) from 3'4" on the par-4 fourth. Kirk (who celebrated his 30th birthday yesterday), would add two more circles on Nos. 7 and 9, but perhaps more importantly, he didn't drop shots on the sixth and eighth by holing par putts from 14'4" and 7'1" respectively. He followed a missed birdie putt from inside five feet on the 12th with back-to-back bogeys on 13 and 14 before rallying with three straight birdies on Nos. 15-17 to finish his round off in fine fashion.
May 9 - 7:02 PM

On his 30th birthday, Chris Kirk spun a bogey-free, 4-under-par 35-33=68 in today's second round of THE PLAYERS.

This was a great way to send off his twenties. Kirk went 4-for-4 in scrambling and collected four birdies, including rolls from 25 feet and 11'5" at the par-5 11th and ninth holes, respectively. He's 6-under 138 and two strokes off the 36-hole clubhouse lead. Kirk has missed 17 (of 28) fairways but only nine GIR.
May 8 - 6:22 PM

Chris Kirk is in the books with a 1-up victory over Adam Scott in today's third round of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Match Play Championship.

This was rather nifty. Scott sat 2-up after six holes, but they turned all square. Kirk then held 1-up leads on two occasions over fives holes before the Aussie evened with a birdie-3 at the 16th hole. After matching pars at 17, Kirk piped his approach into the par-5 18th to 19 inches. Scott's second landed in the rough from where he'd birdie, but Kirk's eagle secured the win. Alas, Paul Casey won the group with a 3-0 record. Kirk went 2-1. Scott extended his mammoth dry spell in this tournament with a winless slate this week.
May 1 - 8:51 PM

Chris Kirk minimized his mistakes en route to a 2-and-1 victory over Francesco Molinari in the second round of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Match Play Championship.

In one of the cleaner matches of the week, Kirk played 17 holes in bogey-free 2-under-par. Molinari also circled two birdies, but his damage was self-inflicted later. The duo was all square through 10 before the Italian lost the par-4 11th with a bogey. Another bogey at the par-4 14th double his deficit. He'd eventually run out of holes despite Kirk rattling off pars. Both are now 1-1. Kirk caps his rotation against Adam Scott on Friday. Molinari draws Paul Casey.
Apr 30 - 6:13 PM

Chris Kirk turns his attention to TPC Harding Park for this week's World Golf Championships-Cadillac Match Play Championship.

Kirk was one-and-done last year in his WGC-Match Play debut, getting bounced by Jim Furyk. This year, he'll have guaranteed matches against Paul Casey, Francesco Molinari, and Adam Scott. With no match-play pedigree on his side, it would be somewhat surprising to see Kirk emerge from this group.
Apr 27 - 11:47 PM

Chris Kirk battled back from a poor start for an even-par 38-34=72 in the final round of the Valero Texas Open.

Kirk assured himself of a top-10 finish at 1-under 287. After pars on the first two holes, he swallowed a double bogey on the par-3 third hole and a bogey on the par-4 fourth. Rather than letting the train fall off the tracks, he played bogey-free golf the rest of the way. HIs comeback started with a tap-in birdie at the par-4 fifth and he followed that up with a 14'7" birdie on the par-3 13th and a 13'9" birdie on the par-4 17th. This is his first top 10 since tying for fourth in The McGladrey Classic in the first start of his 2014-15 season.
Mar 29 - 5:23 PM

Chris Kirk turned in a 1-under-par 37-34=71 for his second round of the Valero Texas Open.

It matches his opening-round aggregate, but Kirk penciled in only four pars today versus 13 on Thursday. This is because he went just 3-for-8 in scrambling for five bogeys but also picked off six birdies. He sunk as low as 2-over at one point today, but touched 1-under twice, and especially when it mattered the most. His birdies included a zero-putt seven-yarder at the par-4 fourth and a trio of conventional conversions from outside 13 feet. His longest measured 22'8" at the par-4 17th, but he also walked off with a birdie from 15'1" at the par-5 18th. Kirk sits just four strokes off the 36-hole clubhouse lead.
Mar 27 - 2:07 PM

Chris Kirk shot 1-under-par 35-36=71 in his opening round of the Valero Texas Open.

A Chris Kirk sighting! He's all but disappeared since capping off a T14 at Kapalua with a 62. Today's red number is his first in 10 rounds or since a second-round 67 at Spyglass Hill en route to a missed cut at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Today at TPC San Antonio, he hit only eight greens in regulation, but gave back only two shots while dropping three birdies. He signed his card sitting three swings adrift of the clubhouse lead.
Mar 26 - 7:26 PM

Chris Kirk has finished outside the top 50 in each of his last three starts ahead of this week's Arnold Palmer Invitational.

Kirk's form is teetering as of late with missed cuts at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am and The Honda Classic before settling for a T56 at the WGC-Caddillac Championship. His course history doesn't inspire, either, with two of his three starts at Bay Hill resulting in finishes of 60th place or worse. Kirk has established himself as a consistent option for gamers but it may be smart to wait for this hiccup to pass before reinvesting.
Mar 18 - 8:04 PM

In his opening round of the Farmers Insurance Open, Chris Kirk toured Torrey Pines North in 5-under-par 33-34=67, finishing three strokes off the clubhouse lead.

While he's not necessarily a force every time out, Kirk has done enough to deserve attention every time he pegs it. After a double bogey-6 at the 11th hole -- his second of the round -- he sandwiched an eagle at the par-4 16th with five birdies. He totaled 15 greens in regulation. This is his 16th red number in 21 rounds this season, but he'll be challenged to add another on the South Course on Friday.
Feb 5 - 9:20 PM

Chris Kirk tossed up another bogey-free score at Waialae Country Club today, posting a 3-under-par 32-35=67 in his second round of the Sony Open in Hawaii.

He loves himself some Waialae. Kirk missed only one green in regulation and circled three birdies today. His only notable conversion was also the par save at the par-4 fifth hole where he found a greenside bunker with his approach, but went on to drill the 12'1" par try. If there was a negative, it's that he whiffed on five looks at birdie inside 10 feet. So, despite the absence of a miscue on the card, his strokes gained: putting clip sat south of -2.210 at last check.
Jan 16 - 5:20 PM

Chris Kirk enjoyed a bogey-free, 4-under-par 33-33=66 in his opening round of the Sony Open in Hawaii.

Many eyes were on the American after he opened the finale of last week's Hyundai TOC with a 62. He fared just fine at Waialae, going 5-for-5 in scrambling while collecting four birdies along the way. Kirk signed his card sitting four strokes back of the clubhouse co-leaders.
Jan 15 - 9:52 PM

Chris Kirk concluded the Hyundai Tournament of Champions in style with a bogey-free, 11-under-par 32-30=62 to equal the course record at The Plantation Course at Kapalua Resort and his career low on the PGA TOUR.

Going out as a single in the first tee time of the day, Kirk hit 15 greens in regulation and converted 11 birdies, seven of which on his inward nine. The most impressive was a seven-yard hole-out from the rough at the par-4 13th, but he also poured in four from 10-16 feet. He was perfect inside 16 feet. The course record was first set by K.J. Choi in 2003 and matched by Graeme McDowell in 2011. Kirk had an eagle look for the outright record from outside 68 feet at the par-5 18th, but his lag came to rest 52 inches short. He'll now set his sights on Waialae Country Club for this week's Sony Open in Hawaii. It happens to be the site of his other 62, which he spun in the second round of the 2013 edition en route to a T5. Kirk improved to solo second last year, so he's suddenly the focus of converging trends in Honolulu.
Jan 12 - 4:40 PM