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Chris Kirk

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

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World No. 154 Chris Kirk backed up with a 1-under-par 34-37=71 in the final round of the Valero Texas Open, dropping three places to T8 on 10-under 278.
The 31-year-old improves to 4-for-5 at the VTO with three top 25s and two top 10s, equaling his best of T8 in 2015. He's now 12-for-16 on the season with five top 25s and three top 10s, first since T10 at the Sony 10 starts ago. After opening with 73-66-68, the Georgia alum began T5, four back of co-leaders Zach Johnson and Andrew Landry. He hit six (of 14) fairways and 13 greens in regulation, gaining 1.585 strokes around-the-green and 3.064 tee-to-green. The Georgian squared two bogey-4s at 13 and 16, slightly outpaced by three birdies at 2, 6 and 11, two from between 14 and 19 feet. He registered 1.769 putts per GIR and -1.957 SG: Putting, needing 30 total putts. For the week, Kirk totaled 17 birdies against seven bogeys. Apr 22 - 5:41 PM

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World No. 154 Chris Kirk fashioned a 4-under-par 35-33=68 in the third round of the Valero Texas Open to post 9-under 207, up three places to T5, four in arrears of 54-hole co-leaders Andrew Landry and Zach Johnson.

After opening with 73-66, the Georgia alum began T8, four shy of co-leaders Johnson and Ryan Moore. He found nine (of 14) fairways and 15 greens in regulation, gaining 2.448 strokes approaching-the-green and 2.712 tee-to-green. The 32-year-old squared a lone bogey-4 at 13, outpaced by five circles at 5, 10, 14, 15 and 17, two from between 13 and 54 feet. He registered 1.733 putts per GIR and 0.215 SG: Putting, needing 30 total putts. The Georgian's most recent (of four) TOUR titles in 208 events is the 2015 Crowne Plaza Invitational 77 starts ago, where he came from three back with 4-under 66 to win by one.
Apr 21 - 5:53 PM

World No. 154 Chris Kirk painted a bogey-free, 6-under-par 34-32=66 in the second round of the Valero Texas Open for a 36-hole total of 5-under 139, up 60 places on the live leaderboard to T4, four back of clubhouse leader Zach Johnson, who shot 65. UPDATE: With R2 completed, Kirk is T8, four back of Johnson and Ryan Moore.

This is the 32-year-old's fourth VTO with two prior top-15 finishes and one missed cut last year by two shots (75-71). His best is T8 in 2015 and also posted a T13 in 2016. The Georgia alum checked in this week 11-for-15 on the season with four top 25s and two top 10s. The most recent of any of those was 13th at Arnie's Invite three starts ago. Kirk opened with an up-and-down 73 (three birdies, four bogeys) but carded six circles on Day 2 on 12 greens in regulation for 2.402 SG: Putting at last glance. Five of his conversions were from inside of 11 feet and walked off with a birdie-bomb at the par-5 18th from 43'1" for 24 total putts.
Apr 20 - 1:54 PM

Chris Kirk is off to a good start at the Valspar Championship, carding a 1-under-par 36-34=70 during round one, placing right outside the top-10 bubble on the live leaderboard with play still in progress.

Battling with Mother Nature in round one, Kirk split just six fairways and landed 10 greens in regulation. On the day, he gave himself just one scoring chance inside 15 feet, a 12'9" birdie opportunity on the first hole, which he missed. All three of his birdies came in a train, starting at the par-3 13th and ending with a 15'2" hole out from just off the green at the 15th. Given the average ball-striking day, scrambling was the name of the game today. Playing his ninth round at Innisbrook Resort's Copperhead Course, this will go in the books as just his second round in red numbers.
Mar 8 - 3:25 PM

Beginning off No. 10 tee, World No. 180 Chris Kirk posted 8-under 134 following a 3-under-par 35-33=68 in the second round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open, currently T2, which is where he began the day, one short of 36-hole clubhouse leader Daniel Berger. UPDATE: With play completed, Kirk is T5, two adrift of co-leaders Rickie Fowler and Bryson DeChambeau.

The 32-year-old, who opened with 66, landed 10 (of 14) fairways and 14 greens in regulation in R2, gaining 0.460 strokes off-the-tee and 0.703 strokes approaching-the-green. He was bogey-free 4-under thru 10 holes, circling 15, 17, 18 and 1, but sleepwalked from there, overshadowing a fifth and final birdie at 3 with two bogeys at 2 and 5, the latter included a penalty drop (errant tee shot). The Georgia alum's split included two conversions from between 11 and 19 feet, and two, 2-putt versions at the par-5 15th and the drivable par-4 17th. He recorded 1.786 putts per GIR and 1.047 SG: Putting, needing 31 total putts.
Feb 2 - 3:35 PM

Chris Kirk coasted for 17 holes at TPC Scottsdale before dropping his first shot, smoothing a 6-under-par 32-34=66 to find himself in a share of second place after day one of the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

The Georgia Bulldog split eight (of 14) fairways en route to pelting 15 greens in regulation. A strong ball-striking display but his putter helped out, as well. Most notable was a pair of birdie splashes from just outside 10 feet. First starts are nothing new for Kirk at this event, but he's never been able to capitalize. In six previous appearances, he's opened with 67 or better, four times. However, he's never recorded a single top 20 here, a T24 in 2013 being his best. Fast starts have also been common for Kirk recently. He led by himself at The RSM Classic and co-led at the Sony Open just last month, both of them resulted in top 10s.
Feb 1 - 8:08 PM

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

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