Chris Kirk was crowned King of Colonial Country Club winning the Crowne Plaza International on a sunny Sunday.
Chris carded a final round -4 under par 66, to post a winning total of -12 under par to win the Crowne Plaza International at Colonial.
Chris had not played well, especially with the driver, so elected to use a three wood on the last tee, a sensible play;
“I just didn’t think I was going to hit it anywhere on the planet, to be honest with you. It didn’t really feel like I was swinging that great early on in the week but somehow I was able to get it done.”
“I was as nervous as I’ve ever been today for sure, those up and down on the last couple of holes and especially making that putt on 18 was pretty sweet. Something I’ll never forget.”
“Kind of surprised that I’m sitting here with y’all at the moment.”
“To be able to do it when I didn’t really feel like I quite had it, is a huge step for me.”
“Just to be a part of the history of this tournament is really just amazing to me.”
Chris is an admirer of Ben Hogan, and now his name will also be engraved on the Wall of Champions;
“He’s always been the standard and still is, and will be for a long time, I would imagine, to now have even just a little bit of an association with him is very special.”
Three players all tied for second place at -11 under par, Brandt Snedeker, Jordan Spieth and Jason Bohn.
Jason had an incredible round of -7 under par 63, and agonized over his last putt, that lipped out and would have given him a 62, and also a place in a play-off. He absolutely thought the putt was dropping in;
“I totally thought I made it.”
“I was hitting good shots and I was making putts, it was playing very soft and you could play very aggressive, so I just kept trying to push the pedal down and keep firing at flagsticks.”
Jordan made a mistake at the 184 yard par three 16th, all pumped up by the crowd he airmailed the green with a 7 iron;
“I just took the wrong club, you’ve got to hit 8-iron there below the hole. Tried to hit a 7 and kind of punch it in there, maybe get it a little too close to the hole.”
“Ninety nine percent of the time, I make the right decision and stay below the hole. We made the wrong decision today, and it cost us.”
“For being on my third year and being in that position a lot, it was a mistake that shouldn’t happen.”
Brandt had the opportunity of a birdie putt at the final hole, from about 12 feet, that would have put him in a tie for the lead, and force a playoff. But he sadly pulled it;
“I’ve seen that putt hit here a thousand times, I know exactly how you’re supposed to hit and it was my worst putt of the day.”
“Disappointing because that’s kind of my strength and to hit a bad putt like that when it matters is doubly hard.”
The International leaderboard had a very Stars and Stripes look to it, the best International players were Canadian Adam Hadwin, and Englishman Ian Poulter both of them in a group tied at -10 under par.
Poults could only manage a final round of even par, and is stuck with that under achievers tag again;
“I’m just disappointed that obviously I didn’t get the job done, I really should have and I didn’t do it. I didn’t play well enough today.”
The others in the -10 under group were; Pat Perez, Kevin Kisner and George McNeill.