Chris Kirk

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Chris Kirk
— Golfer —
Personal information
Born (1985-05-08) May 8, 1985 (age 31)
Knoxville, Tennessee, U.S.
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight 175 lb (79 kg; 12.5 st)
Nationality  United States
Residence St. Simons Island, Georgia, U.S.
Spouse Tahnee
Children Sawyer, Foster
Career
College Georgia
Turned professional 2007
Current tour(s) PGA Tour
Former tour(s) Nationwide Tour
Professional wins 6
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 4
Web.com Tour 2
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament T20: 2014
U.S. Open T28: 2014
The Open Championship T19: 2014
PGA Championship T34: 2011
Achievements and awards
Ben Hogan Award 2007

Chris Kirk (born May 8, 1985) is an American professional golfer who plays on the PGA Tour.

Early years[edit]

Born in Knoxville, Tennessee, Kirk was reared in Woodstock, Georgia. He played college golf at the University of Georgia in Athens and was a member of their 2005 NCAA championship team along with Kevin Kisner, Richard Scott, and Brendon Todd. He was the Ben Hogan Award winner as a senior in 2007.

Nationwide Tour[edit]

Kirk turned professional in 2007 and played on the Nationwide Tour for three seasons from 2008 through 2010. In 2010, he won the Fort Smith Classic to earn his first Nationwide Tour title.[1] He followed this up with his second win of the season at the Knoxville News Sentinel Open.[2] Kirk finished second on the 2010 Nationwide Tour money list to earn his 2011 PGA Tour card, despite sitting out the last event of the season.

PGA Tour[edit]

As a PGA Tour rookie, Kirk finished second to Phil Mickelson at the Shell Houston Open in April 2011. Later that year, Kirk won his first tour event, the Viking Classic, an alternate event played the same weekend as The Open Championship. He finished a stroke ahead of runners-up George McNeill and Tom Pernice, Jr., and the victory automatically qualified him for the PGA Championship, where he finished in a tie for 34th place. In his debut season on the PGA Tour, Kirk had four top-10s and finished 42nd in the end of season FedEx Cup standings to retain his card for 2012.

In 2012, Kirk played in 27 events and only missed six cuts, including four top-10 finishes and best of T-4 at the RBC Canadian Open. He had a similarly very solid season in 2013, missing only four cuts, with three top-10 finishes. He finished runner-up at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, after shooting 64-66 on the weekend to finish two shots behind Brandt Snedeker.

Kirk earned his second PGA Tour win at the McGladrey Classic in November 2013, which was part of the new wrap-around season for 2014. He prevailed by one stroke over Briny Baird and Tim Clark. The win qualified Kirk for his first Masters; the Viking Classic, which was Kirk's first victory on tour, was an alternate event and did not include a Masters invitation. On September 1, 2014, Kirk won the second event of the FedEx Cup playoffs at the Deutsche Bank Championship in Boston for his third PGA Tour title, and jumped from 17th in FedEx Cup rankings to first. He finished tied for fourth in The Tour Championship, the first time he had qualified for the event to end the year second on the FedEx Cup standings behind Billy Horschel.

In 2015, Kirk won for the fourth time on the PGA Tour at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial. He shot 65-66 over the weekend to finish one stroke ahead of runners-up Jason Bohn, Brandt Snedeker and Jordan Spieth. Kirk holed a six-foot (1.8 m) putt for par on the final green to claim the victory.

Professional wins (6)[edit]

PGA Tour wins (4)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin
of victory
Runners-up
1 Jul 17, 2011 Viking Classic 67-67-64-68=266) −22 1 stroke United States George McNeill, United States Tom Pernice, Jr.
2 Nov 10, 2013 McGladrey Classic 66-66-68-66=266 −14 1 stroke United States Briny Baird, South Africa Tim Clark
3 Sep 1, 2014 Deutsche Bank Championship 73-66-64-66=269 −15 2 strokes United States Russell Henley, United States Billy Horschel,
Australia Geoff Ogilvy
4 May 24, 2015 Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial 68-69-65-66=268 −12 1 stroke United States Jason Bohn, United States Brandt Snedeker,
United States Jordan Spieth

Nationwide Tour wins (2)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin
of victory
Runner-up
1 Jul 20, 2010 Fort Smith Classic 65-69-66-64=264 −16 1 stroke United States Kyle Thompson
2 Aug 29, 2010 Knoxville News Sentinel Open 68-70-63-67=268 −20 2 strokes United States Travis Bertoni

Results in major championships[edit]

Tournament 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Masters Tournament DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T20 T33 CUT
U.S. Open T78 CUT DNP DNP DNP DNP T28 75 CUT
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T19 DNP CUT
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP T34 DNP T57 CUT DNP

DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place
Yellow background for top-10

Summary[edit]

Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 2
U.S. Open 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 3
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 1
PGA Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 2
Totals 0 0 0 0 0 2 13 8
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 5 (2011 PGA – 2014 Open)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 0

U.S. national team appearances[edit]

Amateur

Professional

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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