Grading the Deutsche Bank Championship
Chris Kirk won for the third time of his career on the PGA Tour on Monday and he earned it coming in.
Kirk made birdies at Nos. 13 and 16 and nearly did the same on No. 18 en route to the third victory of his career. Here's a look at his card:
Kirk was being chased all day by Billy Horschel who, needing a birdie to tie and an eagle to win on the last hole, promptly did this from just over 200 yards away:
After a drop and two putt from Horschel, Kirk had what didn't seem like it would be a very easy win.
"Just try to go play like I did yesterday," he told NBC after his round about what he was trying to do on Monday. "I really felt good with the putter today. [It's] obviously my biggest win ever."
Despite his calm demeanor on the course Kirk said he still struggles to keep everything under control.
"It's unbelievable trying to control the feelings going through your body," he said. "I may be a little more calm than some other guys in that situation but I'm still freaking out inside."
It sure didn't seem like it with putts like this:
And it was putting for Kirk that won him title No. 3 as he picked up 5.29 strokes on the field on the greens alone.
It might have gotten him a Ryder Cup bid, too, as nobody really knows who captain Tom Watson will select with his three picks on Tuesday.
"Saying I've earned it would be a little entitled," said Kirk on whether or not he earned a Ryder Cup spot on Monday. "If I get picked, great, if not, I'm still very happy with my win today."
He should be.
Here are our grades for The Deutsche Bank Championship:
|A||Chris Kirk leads the FedEx Cup points after the second playoff event. That's not a great thing for the PGA Tour. Finish: Win|
|A||Tough 71 from Jason Day on Monday after going sup-70 in the first three rounds. I'd like to see him close one of these big stroke-play tournaments soon. Finish: T7|
|A||I almost gave Rory McIlroy a "B" even though he dropped another top five finish. That's how crazy good he's been in the last few months. Finish: T5|
|C||Phil Mickelson claims he's hitting the ball well but he couldn't muster anything in the final two days at the Deutsche Bank Championship and just barely sneaked into the BMW. Finish: T45|
|D||After being in the mix early Patrick Reed shot an 82 on Sunday to missed the third-round cut. An 82! Finish: MDF|
|F||That's two missed cuts in a row for Brandt Snedeker and they couldn't have come at a worse time. Tom Watson has until Tuesday to name his Ryder Cup captain's picks and Snedeker is playing his way out of the mix. Finish: CUT|
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