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Chris Kirk

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

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First-round co-leader and World No. 189 Chris Kirk labored to an even-par 35-35=70 in the final round of the Sony Open in Hawaii, falling five places to T10 on 13-under 267 and dropping to 0-for-5 when leading/co-leading after 18 holes.
After opening in 63-67-67, the 31-year-old began in solo 5th, three back of 54-hole leader Tom Hoge. Playing out of the penultimate threesome, he mustered six (of 14) fairways and 10 greens in regulation, losing 1.590 strokes off-the-tee and 0.801 approaching-the-green, but gaining 2.635 around-the-green, No. 1 in the latter with a cumulative 6.253. The Georgia alum exchanged three squares at holes 1, 4 (3-putt from 23'10") and 16, with two conventional birdie-4s at 9 and 18, adding a 28-footer from the fringe at 3 for birdie-3. He posted a pedestrian 2.000 putts per GIR and -2.073 SG: Putting with 29 total putts. This is Kirk's third top 25 and third top 10 at the Sony in eight appearances, and his second top 10 of the season in six starts, second straight. Jan 14 - 11:49 PM

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First-round co-leader and World No. 189 Chris Kirk pieced together a 3-under-par 32-35=67 in the third round of the Sony Open in Hawaii, dropping three spots to solo 5th on 13-under 197, three adrift of 54-hole leader Tom Hoge.

After opening in 63-67, the 32-year-old began T2 on 10-under, three back of 36-hole leader Brian Harman. Playing out of the penultimate threesome, he hit 10 (of 14) fairways and 16 greens in regulation, gaining 1.349 strokes approaching-the-green and 1.855 tee-to-green. The Georgia alum squared a lone bogey-5 at 16, outpaced by four circles at 3, 7 (from 16'0"), 9 and 14. He recorded a pedestrian 1.813 putts per GIR and -0.447 SG: Putting, needing 32 total putts.
Jan 13 - 11:41 PM

Overnight co-leader Chris Kirk settled for a 3-under-par 35-32=67 during the second round of the Sony Open in Hawaii, dropping one spot on the live leaderboard, sharing a piece of second place on 10-under 130.

Kirk started the day with a share of the lead with Zach Johnson but he found himself six strokes back by the time his tee time rolled around. When Kirk opened with a hole-out eagle at the par-4 10th, it looked like the Georgia Bulldog was up to the task of chasing down his old teammate, Brian Harman. Instead, he traded four birdies with three bogeys from that point on. The most alarming was a bogey at the closing, par-5 ninth hole. It was just the eighth recorded score of bogey or worse at the easy par 5 this week. Despite the late blemish, Kirk is still in prime position to strike over the weekend. He cited putting issues when explaining his down year in 2017 but so far he is gaining 2.805 strokes putting on the week (21st in the field).
Jan 12 - 10:24 PM

Chris Kirk coasted to a bogey-free, 7-under-par 33-30=63 during round one of the Sony Open, staking his spot as the sole leader in the clubhouse with the afternoon wave just getting their rounds started.

The Georgia Bulldog opened his day with a sandy at the par-4 first hole. Not an ideal approach shot, but certainly gave him some short-game confidence. That would carry over into every aspect of his game as he walked off the course gaining more than a stroke in all four of the strokes-gained sub-categories. Positioning himself nicely with 11 (of 14) fairways, he was able to pelt 15 greens in regulation. His putter didn't catch fire but he did drill a 28'10" birdie bomb at the par-4 13th, his only putt converted from outside eight feet. After the sub-par season last year, Kirk made some equipment changes and he appears to have the new sticks fully synced (finished T4 in his last start before the holiday break). He led by himself after R1 of that event (RSM Classic) and that's the same spot he currently finds himself in. If the lead holds it would be his fifth career first-round lead/co-lead but he's failed to convert any of them into podium finishes.
Jan 11 - 5:20 PM

First-round leader and past champ Chris Kirk labored to a 1-over-par 35-36=71 in the final round of The RSM Classic, falling two spots to T4 on 14-under 268, a distant seven in arrears of overnight leader and champion Austin Cook, who shot 67.

The 32-year-old's 71 was the only over-par round in the final three groups (nine players). After kicking off in 63-70-64, the Georgia alum began in solo 2nd, three back. Playing out of in the final threesome, he hit nine (of 14) fairways and 12 greens in regulation, losing strokes in all strokes gained stats, including -1.160 tee-to-green. The 2014 winner conjured two birdies at holes 6 and 15, both from inside of nine feet, outbalanced by three squares at 6, 16 and 17. He posted a commercial 1.833 putts per GIR and -0.415 SG: Putting, needing 31 total putts. This was his eighth straight RSM, fifth top 25 and third top 10, and first top 25 of the season in five starts (T30, Safeway). It's Kirk's first top 10 since T7 at the 2017 OHL 53 weeks ago.
Sun, Nov 19, 2017 06:28:00 PM

First-round leader and past champ Chris Kirk fashioned a 6-under-par 32-32=64 in the third round of The RSM Classic to post 15-under 197, up one spot to solo 2nd, three adrift of 54-hole leader Austin Cook.

After kicking off in 63-70, the Georgia alum began T3 on 9-under, five shy of 36-hole leader Cook. Playing out of the penultimate threesome, he hit nine (of 14) fairways and 15 greens in regulation, losing 0.553 strokes off-the-tee but gaining 3.132 approaching-the-green. The 32-year-old squared a lone bogey-5 at hole 9, offset by seven circles at 3, 4, 6, 8, 11, 12 and 17, two from between 18 and 30 feet. He recorded 1.533 putts per GIR and 1.972 SG: Putting with 27 total putts. This is the World No. 188's first time in the top 10 thru 54 holes since T8 at the 2017 CareerBuilder back in January, where he finished T21 after 2-over 74.
Sat, Nov 18, 2017 04:59:00 PM

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.
Fri, Nov 17, 2017 03:04:00 PM

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.
Thu, Nov 16, 2017 04:10:00 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.
Wed, Oct 18, 2017 10:55:00 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.
Thu, Aug 24, 2017 06:31:00 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.
Wed, Jul 12, 2017 01:13:00 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.
Thu, May 4, 2017 05:48:00 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.
Wed, Apr 12, 2017 05:33:00 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.
Thu, Feb 2, 2017 07:39:00 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.
Fri, Jan 20, 2017 04:06:00 PM