Height: 6′ 3″
Turned Pro: 2007
Birthplace: Knoxville, TN
College: University of Georgia
Birthday: May 8th, 1985
The Viking Classic
Fort Smith Classic
With a stellar finish at the 2013 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, TravisMathew Chris Kirk is off to a great start in 2013. Excited to see what is in store!
We had a nice surprise this morning when Chris Kirk stopped by to check out the new office. Just off a great run at the ATTProAm, Chris needed some fresh threads for the Northern Trust Open this weekend in L.A. We sat Chris down to pick his brain for a little bit and learn more about his style and his plans for this year. Just the usual shenanigans going on here at TravisMathew. We wanted to see if Chris could throw a football from one end of our court into the basket on the other side. Chris has a pretty good arm on him. Watch out Kaepernick!
TravisMathew players competing in this weekends Humana Challenge. Follow their action on the PGA Tour site.
Chris Kirk, aka “The All-American”, has been a staple of the TravisMathew brand and enters the 2013 season at an all-time high.
Entering his 3rd season on the PGA Tour, Kirk already has one win, eight top 10s and fourteen top 25s. Capping off the 2012 season with a solid run in the FedEx Cup playoffs, Kirk looks to ride that momentum into a strong start in 2013.
Growing up in Atlanta and attending the University of Georgia, Kirk is the resident TravisMathew “All-American”. Finding comfort in the laid-back and classic style that our brand culture embodies, Kirk finds himself at home on the TravisMathew team.
Sawyer Kirk stealing his Dad’s hat. Who looks better?
Month number one of the TravisMathew Player of the Month has to go to two standouts – team member Chris Kirk and company COO Travis Brasher. The two teamed up to take the title at the first annual TravisMathew Awesome Tour! Well done boys!
TravisMathew team members Chris Kirk and John Mallinger are rolling at the Humana at T4 and T8 respectively. Chris Kirk fired a 9-under round of 63 at PGA West’s Nicholas Course and John Mallinger rolled in with a 7-under 65. Both will tee it up today in the 3rd round at Palm Private. Good luck boys!
TravisMathew team member Chris Kirk topped of amazing rookie season on the PGA Tour by being nominated for Rookie of the Year. With a win at the Viking Classic, four top 10 finishes and a 42nd place finish on the FedEx Cup points list. He also finished 45th on the Official Money List taking in $1,877,627.
Congrats on a great year, looking forward to 2012!
Chris Kirk is going to be a big winner on the PGA TOUR. He showed that promise in 2012 during a very successful rookie season. From juniors to college to the Nationwide Tour, Kirk has shown that he’s got the game and the mental approach to handle any stressful situation. He’s always been able to project an aura of calm, even when things are getting wild. Kirk challenged at the Shell Houston Open, where he finished second, and broke through three months later by winning the Viking Classic. He made his debut at the PGA Championship and tied for 34th. This is just the start of what should be a long, successful professional career for a young man who sometimes seems to be without a pulse. – Stan Awtrey, Correspondent
(Kirk seen here wearing Reflective Wht/Grn and Division Cardigan, Watson seen here wearing the Jack Polo and the blk/wht Icon Belt)
This week, Travis Mathew team members Chris Kirk and Bubba Watson will be teeing it up in the third leg of the FedEx Cup Playoffs at the BMW Championship at Cog Hill in Lemont, IL. Chris Kirk will be in the first group off #1 on Thursday at 10:20 EST. He will be playing alongside Robert Karlsson and Lucas Glover. Bubba Watson will be in one of the featured groups of the day teeing off at 11:48 EST with Phil Mickelson and Gary Woodland.
Kirk is currently 43rd on the FedEx Cup money list and 154 points out of the top 30. He will need a strong finish this week to make it to the Tour Championship.
Travis Mathew will be watching anxiously and be updating team member results along the way on twitter at @travismathew
Congratulations to Travis Mathew team member Chris Kirk for his victory at the 2011 Viking Classic. Kirk fired a final found 4-under round of 68 to win by one and finish at 22-under. Here is a bit of what Kirk had to say after his victory:
“After a tap-in putt for a one-stroke victory at the Viking Classic, Chris Kirk picked up his ball, gave a nearly indiscernible fist pump and strode off the course like a man who’s done it a hundred times.Not exactly what you’d expect from a first-time PGA TOUR winner.
“I gave a little bit of a fist pump, I think, didn’t I?” Kirk said grinning. “I don’t know. I made a three-inch putt to win. That’s not exactly an accomplishment. All the other shots I hit were pretty good, though.”
They certainly were. Kirk, a 26-year-old rookie, shot a 4-under 68 to beat Tom Pernice Jr. and George McNeill by one stroke at Annandale Golf Club. It ended an impressive week for the Georgia graduate, who tied the tournament record with a 22-under performance over four rounds. The victory earns Kirk $648,000 of the $3.6 million purse and 250 points in the FedExCup race.
Kirk had a one-stroke lead going into the final round and rarely flinched. He never trailed, breaking a tie with McNeill on No. 17 by hitting a 140-yard approach over water to within five feet of the hole for an easy birdie putt.
The bold shot looked risky. But Kirk calmly surveyed his options and said he never thought twice.
“People sometimes make more of it than what it is,” Kirk said. “It was 140 yards and it was a 9-iron, so I was aiming right at the pin and nowhere else. That was my only thought.”
Kirk played his first PGA TOUR event at the Viking Classic in 2007, receiving a sponsor’s exemption just weeks after turning pro. But he missed the cut, and on Sunday marveled at how much things have changed in four years. “It’s pretty amazing to think back to then, how far I’ve come from,” Kirk said. “My game isn’t that much better than it was then, but just the comfort level that I have now to be able to go out for 18 today and feel one hundred percent comfortable in my own skin.”