Chris Kirk
Chris Kirk
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2018–19 Fantasy Outlook
Kirk played out of his mind in 2014 when he won twice on his way to nearly $5 million in earnings and although he's played a high- evel since then, he's never come close to his peak season of 2014. Entering last season, Kirk has shown declines in earnings in each of his three seasons post-2014. He bounced-back last season, showing a gain for the first time since 2014, but he set the bar at a height which will make it difficult to top this season. Kirk earned over $1.8 million last season and considering he's topped the $2 million mark just two times in eight seasons, it's not likely that he'll show a significant improvement this season. Read Past Outlooks
11th straight made cut
September 4, 2018
Kirk shot a two-under 69 in the final round of the Dell Technologies Championship to finish in a tie for 35th place.
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Kirk was among the contingent near the top of the leaderboard after a four-under 67 in round one, but never was really close thereafter. Kirk is one of the shorter hitters on tour, but this week he also was not accurate which ended up putting him 76th in SG: Off-the-tee. He in turn only hit 55 percent of the greens in regulation. Kirk short game was solid at least, finishing seventh in SG: Putting and 20th in scrambling percentage. The Georgia product was able to sneak into the BMW Championship in 67th position in the FedExCup standings, so he will need quite a performance to reach East Lake.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2016
2015
2014
2013
2012
2011
Kirk won twice and earned nearly $5 million during the 2014 season, which came as a big surprise to most, but a regression the following season didn't shock anyone. The season after that would explain a lot about Kirk and although he played well, it was well beneath the standard he had set the previous two seasons. Entering this past season, there was a clear downward pattern, but a quick start to the season made it appear as though Kirk just might get back to his previous levels ... and then the calendar flipped to 2017. Kirk's ranking is entirely due to his performance last fall, but his play during the spring/summer was a disaster. That said, Kirk ceiling is much higher than his salary number for this season, so he's someone to consider in salary cap leagues.
2014 was a banner season for Kirk. He won twice, earned nearly $5 million and ended the season ranked second on the FedEx Cup points list. It's understandable that Kirk couldn't produce at the same level the following season, but heading into this past season, many expected a rebound. That rebound never came and in fact, he actually regressed further. The question now becomes, was 2014 a complete fluke or can he get back to that level? He may not be able to get all the way back to his 2014-level, but he should be able to improve on his numbers from last season. As such, he's worth a look in salary cap formats. In drafts, he's a sixth-round pick.
Without a doubt, the surprise of the 2014 season. Kirk found himself in rarified air entering the 2014 Fed Ex Cup Playoffs and he didn't crumble under the pressure, he actually held his own against the best players in the world. The question of course is, can he keep it going in 2015? Yes and no. Yes, he'll continue to play well next season, but no, he won't be able to keep up the pace he set in 2014. Kirk is not a good option in salary cap leagues, but it's the draft leagues where he's really hard to peg. He's not a first-rounder, but he should find his way into the second round. The brave will take him early, everyone else will wait until the end of the second round.
Extremely consistent 2013 season. Made 19 of 23 cuts, including four top-10s and one runner-up finish. Kirk will need to find some higher-end finishes to improve upon his 2013 numbers, but that shouldn't be too difficult. Kirk is a decent option in salary cap formats and should go in the 50-60 in drafts.
Kirk made quite the first impression during his rookie season on the PGA TOUR. He earned his first career runner-up finish at the Shell Houston Open and later picked up his first career win at the Viking Classic. Entering 2012, it looked like Kirk was primed to take the next step. He did take a step, but it was a step backward. Kirk was unable to post even a top-3 last season and only earned four top-10s the entire season. Whatever the reason for the decline, it creates some doubt. To justify a pick at his price he'll need to be the player he was two years ago and then some, but that's a lot to ask. In draft leagues, Kirk should go in the eighth round.
Credit Chris Kirk, he made the most of his opportunities during his rookie season. If not, he'd be staring Q-School in the face. That's not the case, though, as Kirk capitalized on his good weeks by capturing a win and a runner-up finish last season. His win came at the Viking Classic, which isn't known for its strong fields but is a win nonetheless. And his runner-up finish came at the Shell Open, which normally has a decent field. Kirk is off a to a good start on his PGA Tour voyage, but it's doubtful it will get any easier this year. Kirk seems like a perfect candidate for a sophomore slump. In draft leagues, he should probably go in the seventh round.
Kirk joins the PGA TOUR via his second-place finish on the Nationwide Tour last season. Kirk used two victories and two runner-up finishes to earn the second spot on the Nationwide Tour last season. At only 25, the future looks bright for Kirk.
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Just misses top-10 in Greensboro
August 19, 2018
Kirk tied for 11th place after shooting rounds of 69-65-68-64 at the Wyndham Championship.
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T31 at PGA Championship
August 14, 2018
Kirk closed with a one-under 69 on Sunday to finish in a tie for 31st place at the PGA Championship.
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Joins PGA Championship field
August 6, 2018
Kirk has earned an entry for this week's PGA Championship, Rob Bolton of PGATour.com reports.
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Strong putting leads to top-10 finish
June 10, 2018
Kirk shot a final round one-under 69 to finish in a tie for sixth place at the FedEx St. Jude Classic.
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Top-15 finishes in last two tournaments
May 27, 2018
Kirk finished in a tie for 11th at the Fort Worth Invitational, after shooting a two-under 68 on Sunday.
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