American Kirk wins Deutsche Bank title

Mon Sep 1, 2014 7:26pm EDT
 
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NORTON Massachusetts (Reuters) - American Chris Kirk broke clear of a tightly bunched leaderboard with two late birdies to clinch his third PGA Tour victory by two shots at the Deutsche Bank Championship on Monday.

In a wild final-round shootout on the U.S. Labor Day, Kirk fired a flawless five-under-par 66 at the TPC Boston to win the second of four lucrative FedExCup playoff events on the U.S. circuit.

The 29-year-old birdied the 13th and 16th to pull two strokes clear and narrowly missed another birdie attempt, from nine feet at the last, to post a 15-under total of 269.

Kirk not only claimed his second PGA Tour title of the season but he took over at the top of the FedExCup standings and advanced his claims for a late Ryder Cup call-up by U.S. captain Tom Watson on Tuesday.

"Just unbelievable," Kirk, who outshot Rory McIlroy by four shots in the final round after being paired with the world number one, told NBC Sports. "My biggest win ever.

"I was just trying to go play like I did yesterday," said Kirk, referring to his third-round 64. "Obviously I didn't shoot quite as low as yesterday but I really felt good with the putter today."

Billy Horschel bogeyed the final hole, after hitting his second shot into a hazard, to card a 69 and finish joint second at 13 under with fellow American Russell Henley (70) and Australian Geoff Ogilvy (65).

McIlroy, who began the final round just two strokes off the pace in pursuit of his fourth PGA Tour victory in five starts, had to settle for a share of fifth place at 11 under after closing with a 70 that included five birdies and four bogeys.

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Sep 1, 2014; Norton, MA, USA; Chris Kirk hits tees off on the fourth hole during the final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship golf tournament at TPC of Boston. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports