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.
When the heat was on late in his round on Monday Chris Kirk came up huge with a bucket of monstrous shots to win the Deutsche Bank Championship by two strokes over Billy Horschel and Geoff Ogilvy.
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:
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