Chris Kirk won the McGladery Classic at Sea Island, his local knowledge proved to be the deciding factor.
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Chris was tied for the lead with Briny Baird in The McGladrey Classic coming down the 18th fairway. Briny was in a fairway bunker, while Chris was on the opposite side of the fairway, lining up a shot to the green and a possible birdie chance to win the tournament.
As he watched, Briny topped his 4 iron escape shot, the ball then rolled into a hazard. Chris then changed his plan and played for par, closing out his competition with a 4-under par 66, a tournament total of -14 under par and a one-shot victory. He is also the first player from Sea Island to win The McGladrey Classic.
The victory for Chris also means that he has a place in The Masters, for the first time;
“To come here to Sea Island, which is a place that I love and cherish so much, and Davis’s tournament, it just an unbelievable thing. Davis was kind of my guy when I was 12 and 13, really starting to play golf. He was my favorite player, and he’s turned from being my idol to sort of a mentor and good friend. So I’m a very lucky person to be in that situation, and to win his tournament really means a lot to me.”
Briny, who finished tied in second place with Tim Clark at -13 under par spoke of the hurt, and said he did not feel comfortable on the 18th;
” You mix that with nerves, and it’s a recipe for disaster. It hurt to do what I did on the last hole. It’s not all about winning, I’ve said that, but this hurts. This really does. This is very disappointing.”
This was the sixth time in his career Briny has been runner-up. He has gone the longest without winning, among players who have their PGA TOUR cards, sadly he is now 0-for-365 tournaments. Maybe its something to do with that hat.