Ice cool Kirk wins by one shot at Colonial

Sun May 24, 2015 7:51pm EDT
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(Reuters) - American Chris Kirk coolly got up and down from off the green at the 18th hole to salvage par and clinch his fourth PGA Tour title by one shot on Sunday at the $6.5 million Crowne Plaza Invitational in Fort Worth, Texas.

After watching playing partner Brandt Snedeker narrowly miss a 12-footer for birdie at the last, Kirk sank a clutch seven-foot par putt to seal victory with a closing four-under 66 at a rain-saturated Colonial Country Club.

That left Kirk at 12-under 268 after an intriguing last-day shootout at Colonial where five players held at least a share of the lead in the final round.

"Unbelievable, to be a part of the history of this tournament is just amazing to me," Kirk told CBS Sports after adding his name to a list of winners at Colonial where golfing great and Fort Worth resident Ben Hogan triumphed five times.

"I've always loved this golf course and this has been my favorite tournament on the tour.

"I didn't really feel like I was swinging that great early on in the week but somehow I was able to get it done," said the 30-year-old, who never relinquished the lead after sinking a birdie putt at the 15th.

Asked if winning on the PGA Tour was becoming any easier, Kirk replied: "Absolutely not. I was as nervous as I have ever been today, for sure. Those up-and-downs the last couple of holes, and especially making that putt on 18, was pretty sweet."

Snedeker signed off with a 67 to share second place at 11 under with fellow Americans Jason Bohn, who fired a best-of-the-day 63, and Masters champion Jordan Spieth (65).

"Very disappointed," said Snedeker. "I played great and just didn't make putts on the last three holes like you are supposed to win golf tournaments."   Continued...

Chris Kirk hits his tee shot on the 1st hole during the final round of The Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass - Stadium Course. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports