A missed par put on 18 would have resulted in a four way playoff at the 2015 Crowne Plaza Invitational. Instead, Chris Kirk drained his 7-foot putt to save par and stay at 12-under, which was good enough to win by one stroke.
Jordan Spieth, Brandt Snedeker and Jason Bohn all finished at 11-under.
The win is Kirk’s fourth career PGA Tour win.
“My first three wins on tour have all been little tap-ins on the last hole,” Kirk said. “So to step up and make a putt that I knew was to win is something I’ll never forget.”
Ranked No. 17 in the world, Kirk, 30, got in trouble at No. 18. Bohn and Spieth went to the nearby No. 1 tee and were hitting balls in preparation for a potential playoff. Spieth was already back near the green when Kirk got ready to putt.
Kirk hooked his tee shot at No. 18 into the left rough, then hit his approach from 155 yards over the green. A nice chip set up the winning putt after Snedeker’s miss from 12 feet after a similar tee shot to finish a 67.
“Close friends with Brandt, and play a lot of golf with him, and he doesn’t miss very many of those putts,” Kirk said. “Once he didn’t make it, then I was able to change my mindset.”
As a junior at Georgia in 2006, Kirk was the runner-up for the Hogan Award given by Colonial to the nation’s top college player. He decided then to return for his senior year for a chance to win the award – and did.
He now has a plaid jacket and a $1.17 million check, which will be plenty to cover the new home he is buying in Georgia, after winning on the PGA Tour at a saturated Hogan’s Alley. The sun finally came out late in the final round after heavy rain overnight and throughout tournament week.
The PGA Tour’s next stop is the Byron Nelson Championship in Irving, where Spieth twice made the cut as a teenage amateur.
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