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Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (28) / 5/8/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 175
College: University of Georgia

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Chris Kirk carded a 4-under-par 35-33=68 in his opening round of the Shell Houston Open.
Kirk poured in six birdies, none longer than just 10'10" at the par-3 16th hole. He squared bogeys at the par-4 first and par-3 seventh, but finished two strokes off the pace of the threesome inside the clubhouse with the lead. Apr 3 - 5:10 PM

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Chris Kirk enters the Shell Houston Open ranked sixth in the FedExCup standings.

Kirk touts some very strong course history at the Golf Club of Houston with a runner-up finish in 2011 and a T22 last year. The Georgia native will be competing in his first Masters next week. As long as he can avoid the mental look-ahead, Kirk should be in contention this week.
Apr 2 - 12:52 PM

Chris Kirk is prepared for his first World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship.

The Georgia Bulldog is hoping he can piggyback off the recent wins of fellow alums Russell Henley and Bubba Watson in his first trip to Doral. After beginning 2014 with a T16 at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions and a runner-up at the Sony Open, he's essentially gone missing in action. That is, until last week's T12 at The Honda Classic. Perhaps it's the return to the familiar Bermuda grasses of Florida that has him strutting a little taller.
Mar 3 - 10:07 PM

Chris Kirk flushed a bogey-free, 6-under-par 33-32=65 in his opening round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open, coming to rest one stroke adrift of the overnight co-leaders.

Kirk has rested since his runner-up performance at the Sony Open in Hawaii, but he's remained No. 2 in FedExCup points since. He split 11 (of 14) fairways and hit 15 greens in regulation today, picking off six birdies along the way. Five of them disappeared from outside 11 feet, the highlight coming at the par-4 sixth hole with a conversion from 24 feet.
Jan 30 - 7:42 PM

Chris Kirk failed to convert his 54-hole lead in the final round of the Sony Open, instead settling for solo second with his 4-under-par 35-31=66.

It was the first time in three tries that Kirk was unable to win when holding the lead entering the finale. His round started off very slowly, as he was birdie-free 1-over through eight holes. He heated up with five birdies over his final 10 holes, but it came up just short. Normally an excellent putter, he finished a putrid 58th in strokes gained this week, while tying for second in GIR. His 16-under 264 came up one shy of Jimmy Walker. Kirk now finds himself second in the FedExCup standings, looking up at only Walker.
Jan 12 - 10:05 PM

Chris Kirk carries a one-stroke lead into the final round of the Sony Open after firing a 5-under-par 32-33=65 in the third round to reach the 54-hole mark at 12-under 198.

The heat Kirk is putting off rivals that of Zach Johnson, with Kirk having won The McGladrey Classic late in calendar year 2013 before tying for 16th at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions last week. The UGA product circled six birdies to just one bogey, gaining just over a stroke-and-a-half with the flat stick on the afternoon. Somewhat surprisingly, all of his birdies came from inside 10 feet. Also a point of interest, his lone bogey came at the par-4 10th, playing as the third easiest hole on the course. He'll try for his third career PGA TOUR win in Sunday's finale.
Jan 11 - 7:27 PM

Chris Kirk signed for a 1-under-par 35-34=69 after his second round of the Sony Open in Hawaii to reach the midpoint in 7-under 133, three strokes off the 36-hole lead.

Thank goodness for scorable par 5s. Kirk split 11 (of 14) fairways and hit 14 greens in regulation today, but managed only two birdies, both falling on the only two par 5s on the par-70 track (holes 18 and 9 as he played them). Elsewhere, he three-putted the par-3 11th green from 42-and-a-half feet for his only bogey of the day, but he also whiffed on five tries inside nine feet.
Jan 10 - 11:25 PM

Chris Kirk spun a 6-under-par 35-29=64 in his opening round of the Sony Open in Hawaii.

And he sat birdie-free 2-over through seven holes. The highlight show started at the par-4 eighth with a 20-inch birdie set up from 149 yards out. Another birdie ensued at 9 from 10'6". After birdies at 11 and 12, Kirk poured his fifth of the day at 14, this time from 14'4". Yet one more birdie trailed at 16. Then, after finding a fairway bunker 249 yards from the cup at the par-5 18th, he escaped to just 14'6" from the hole before sinking the eagle for the sub-30 inward nine. Kirk has opened all five of his starts this season with a 68 or lower, but still has just one top 15 to show for it. That, of course, was his victory at The McGladrey Classic.
Jan 9 - 5:37 PM

Chris Kirk spun a 5-under-par 34-34=68 in the third round of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, improving to 10-under 209 for the week.

It was a solid bounce-back round for Kirk, following a 2-over 75 in the second round while playing with the pressure of the lead in a final pairing. Having tied for seventh in his only other trip to Kapalua, it's not surprising that he hopped back on the bike and rode to a solid showing. His 16 GIR, three more than round two, were a big reason why he found success on Sunday afternoon.
Jan 5 - 8:26 PM

Chris Kirk fell from grace in the second round of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions with a 2-over-par 37-38=75 dropping him from a share of the lead into a tie for 13th at 5-under 141.

Playing in the final twosome is never easy, as Kirk demonstrated on Saturday. He squared four birdies, with his only two birdies coming on the par-5 fifth and par-5 15th. While he matched his 12 fairways split in the first round, he dropped from 17 to 13 GIR and went from gaining .853 strokes with the flat stick in the first round to losing 2.372 in the second round. He now trails the lead by eight.
Jan 4 - 7:19 PM

Chris Kirk birdied his last five holes to post 7-under-par 33-33=66 for his opening round of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions and earn a share of the clubhouse lead.

Kirk's strength is that he has no weaknesses, so it's hardly surprising that he's in early contention at Kapalua. He bogeyed the only hole (No. 10) where he didn't the green in regulation, but eight birdies picked up the slack. His only par breaker to tumble into the cup from outside 10 feet measured 30'11" at the par-4 17th hole. The new father twice over didn't play after winning The McGladrey Classic in November, so he's gunning for victories in consecutive starts.
Jan 3 - 9:03 PM

Chris Kirk kicks of 2014 at the Kapalua Resort Plantation Course for his second Hyundai Tournament of Champions.

Kirk showed well on his first trip to the winners-only event, tying for seventh in 2012. His victory that punched the ticket to this event was a recent one, coming at The McGladrey Classic in his home state of Georgia. Since his last action, he welcomed in his second child, which could lead to the only real question mark as it relates to his chances entering in the week. While all golfers could be a little rusty, he may be even more so.
Jan 1 - 1:22 PM

Chris Kirk has been removed from the published field of this week's OHL Classic at Mayakoba.

It's not too unusual for a guy to withdraw from an event immediately after a victory. Kirk's long-term schedule will also set up differently as a result. Look for him again at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions in the first week of January.
Mon, Nov 11, 2013 10:49:00 AM

Chris Kirk picked up the second win of his PGA TOUR career with a 4-under-par 33-33=66 in the final round of The McGladrey Classic to post 14-under 276, one stroke better than Briny Baird and Tim Clark.

Kirk is a resident of the Sea Island area, and his familiarity with the Seaside Course showed all week. It started with some member kicks early in tournament, holing out three times pre-cut. His final lap included five birdies to just one bogey, but it didn't come easy. With a preference to play a right-to-left shot, he pulled his tee shot on the par-4 14th into the hazard and fought hard to make a bogey. He then yanked his second shot on the par-5 15th into a hazard, eventually earning a par. Kirk entered the 18th hole tied with Baird, but watched as the still-non-winner shanked his second shot out of a fairway bunker into the hazard. The putter was the key to Kirk's round, gaining 4.346 strokes on the field in the finale and ranking 11th in strokes gained for the week at 1.384. His previous victory came at the 2011 Viking Classic. With this title, he gains entry into the 2014 Hyundai Tournament of Champions, Masters, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and PGA Championship.
Sun, Nov 10, 2013 04:24:00 PM

Chris Kirk rebounded from a rocky start to post a 2-under-par 36-32=68 in the third round of The McGladrey Classic to share the lead with Briny Baird on the Seaside Course at 10-under 200.

Kirk began the day with a one-stroke advantage, but surrendered bogeys on the sixth and 12th holes before finally recording his first birdie on the day on the par-4 13th from four feet. He wouldn't stop there, adding birdies on the 14th, 15th and 18th holes to more than bounce back from a disappointing start. A resident of the Sea Island area, he looks to close the door on his second PGA TOUR victory on Sunday.
Sat, Nov 9, 2013 05:03:00 PM