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