Kirk Putting It All Together In First Year With Callaway

Jeff Newton

Chris Kirk came to Callaway at the beginning of this year as one of the best young talents on Tour, primed and ready for a breakout season. So far he’s lived up to that high billing and then some in the few short months he’s been on our staff. The results speak for themselves and Kirk’s all-around game is speaking volumes.

The 27-year-old Atlanta native has been on the rise since he helped lead the University of Georgia to a national championship in 2005. Since then, he’s earned his reputation as a bomber off the tee with a polished game and a textbook swing to boot. It’s a combination that’s served him well in what’s now his third full season on the PGA Tour, which is shaping up to be something special.

Kirk made a splash in his Callaway debut with a 5th place finish in Hawaii, and then backed it up a few weeks later during his second place finish at Pebble Beach. He’s made eight of nine cuts this season and just a shade under $1.2 million before the calendar’s hit May. On a Tour defined by ebbs and flows, good weeks and bad, Kirk has stood out for his remarkable consistency from one Tour stop to the next.

If you want to really get a feel for his steady season, just check his stats sheet:

-18th in the FedExCup standings
– 4th in Strokes Gained – Putting
– 6th in Scoring Average
– 10th in All-Around Ranking
– 4th in Birdie Conversion Percentage
– 5th in Scrambling
– 6th in Bounce Back

But wait, there’s more:

– 7th in Total Putting
– 1st in Approaches From 100-125 Yards
– 3rd In Putting From 5-10’
– 10th In Proximity To The Hole

The guy’s putting in some serious work from tee-to-green and he’s been money with the putter all year. It’s been a great start to his 2013 campaign, one that should be filled with plenty more high finishes before it’s all said and done.

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