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Chris Kirk |

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

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Chris Kirk opened his title defense of the Deutsche Bank Championship in 3-over-par 37-37=74.
There was little redeeming about this round of golf. He split 11 (of 14) fairways but found only 10 greens in regulation. What's more, Kirk failed to connect for even one par breaker, instead dropping three shots with bogeys, including on his first two holes (Nos. 10 and 11). Overall, he fanned on three tries inside nine feet. He's 39th in the FedExCup standings, so the 30-year-old will get at least five more rounds to make a run at qualifying for the finale. If he misses the cut at the DBC, he's guaranteed 72 holes at the no-cut BMW Championship in two weeks. Sep 4 - 7:27 PM

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Chris Kirk settled for a 6-over-par 38-38=76 in today's opening round of The Barclays.

You figured he'd struggle in his first round since breaking his right hand on July 10, but even this was disappointing. Consider that Kirk hit 12 greens in regulation and failed to save par on the other six holes where he squared four bogeys and two doubles. What's more, he opened the trot around Plainfield Country Club with a three-jack bogey from 64'5" at the par-4 first hole. He did connect twice from 10-13 feet, once for par (third hole) and once for birdie (15th), but the only redeeming quality to today's effort is that he's back inside the ropes. At 29th in the FedExCup standings, he'll get three starts to position himself for a spot in the finale.
Aug 27 - 1:22 PM

Chris Kirk is slated to go off the first tee at Plainfield Country Club at 8:15 a.m. on Thursday for the opening round of The Barclays.

Out since the U.S. Open for a broken hand suffered on July 10, Kirk opens the FedExCup Playoffs ranked 29th in points. During his time away, he's received treatment at the University of Georgia, where he played collegiately. It's been a success. "It’s been six weeks but if feels like it never happened," he said. "Golf is a lot more fun when you’re not in pain." The timing couldn't be better what with the windfalls awaiting the qualifiers, but Kirk will get at least 36 holes to shed the rust before he defends his title at the Deutsche Bank Championship.
Aug 26 - 3:12 PM

Chris Kirk acknowledged on Twitter tonight that he's eyeing The Barclays on Aug. 27-30 to return to competition.

The 30-year-old hasn't competed since the U.S. Open due to a broken hand. He's currently 26th in the FedExCup standings, so he could probably sit out the first two events in the Playoffs and still advance if absolutely necessary. There is an off-week two weeks after The Barclays.
Aug 3 - 10:08 PM

As a result of recently breaking his hand, Chris Kirk will not compete in next week's World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational.

This was expected when Kirk proclaimed on Twitter on July 15 that he was "unlikely" to peg it at both Firestone next week and Whistling Straits for the PGA Championship on Aug. 13-16. He's 23rd in the FedExCup standings.
Jul 29 - 11:07 AM

In an exchange on Twitter on Wednesday, Chris Kirk revealed a couple of valuable pieces of information regarding his timetable for a return.

Kirk was scratched from this week's Open Championship when he broke his right hand playing with his kids. When asked on Twitter when he thinks he'll return, Kirk replied, "not sure yet, doc says 5 weeks." The strong follow-up question (presumably by an intrepid and resourceful fantasy gamer) asked Kirk about the likelihood of giving the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational (Aug. 6-9) and PGA Championship (Aug. 13-16) a go. To that, Kirk said, "both pretty unlikely." He's currently 20th in the FedExCup standings, so the 30-year-old is a shoe-in to go three events deep into the Playoffs, which begin with The Barclays on Aug. 27. Whether he'll be ready by then remains in doubt.
Jul 17 - 9:30 PM

Chris Kirk has withdrawn from The Open Championship with a broken right hand, as reported by Golf Channel's Tim Rosaforte.

Kirk, winner of the Crowne Plaza Invitational in May, reportedly broke his right hand on Friday, July 10, playing with one of his sons on the family farm. The 30-year-old is 15-for-18 on the season with three top-10 finishes. He's 19th in the Official World Golf Ranking. Prior to the injury, Kirk was scheduled to make his second Open Championship appearance, having finished T19 in his 2014 debut. He finished 75th at the U.S. Open in his latest start.
Jul 11 - 2:24 PM

Chris Kirk is paired with fellow American Patrick Reed and Welshman Jamie Donaldson in the first two rounds of the 115th U.S. Open.

Kirk has one PGA TOUR win in each of the last three seasons, including a one-stroke victory at the Crowne Plaza Invitational two starts ago. He enters the week a lofty 14th in the FedExCup standings and has moved to No. 16 in the Official World Golf Ranking, the highest position in his career. Kirk preceded his win at Colonial with a T13 at THE PLAYERS, where he was the 54-hole leader. Although T36 in latest start at the Memorial, Kirk is on point and has the demeanor to endure a few crazy bounces or bad breaks at Chambers Bay. The 30-year-old is 2-for-3 at the U.S. Open with his T28 in last year's edition a career-best.
Jun 17 - 10:01 AM

Chris Kirk authored a 4-under-par 33-33=66 in today's final round of the Crowne Plaza Invitational to post 12-under 268, good for a one-stroke victory over a trio of runners-up.

Kirk began his final frame in a two-way tie for fourth and three shots back of the 54-hole lead. He required 27 putts on his round, but none was more crucial or clutch than the 7'1" putt he drained at the last for par. On his round, he hit eight (of 14) fairways and went 5-for-6 in scrambling. The 30-year-old, who celebrated his birthday on May 8, recorded an eagle-3 on the first and a birdie on the ninth, book-ending his lone bogey at the par-4 seventh. He added par breakers on Nos. 12 and 15, closing the weekend 65-66 for the victory. This is Kirk's fourth PGA TOUR title in 131 starts as a professional. It's his first since the 2014 Deutsche Bank Championship. He's already exempt into all of the remaining majors and the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.
May 24 - 6:22 PM

Chris Kirk spun a 5-under-par 33-32=65 in today's third round of the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial to post 8-under 202, good for the early clubhouse lead.

Kirk began the day T15 and seven shots adrift of the 36-hole leader. On his round he managed just six (of 14) fairways but landed 14 greens in regulation en route to his six birdie, one bogey jaunt. The 30-year-old's set included birdie rolls of 12'6" on the par-5 11th and 13'11" on the 16th, squaring his only bogey with a three-putt from 36'9" on No. 13. Kirk went 4-for-4 in scrambles on the day and finished with 27 putts.
May 23 - 2:07 PM

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

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