Kirk aims to make major splash on 2014-15 PGA Tour

Wed Oct 22, 2014 4:08pm EDT
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(Reuters) - Eleven months ago, Chris Kirk clinched The McGladrey Classic by one shot, setting the tone for a landmark PGA Tour campaign highlighted by two tournament wins and a lofty second place in the final FedExCup standings.

That career-best season is now behind him and the American is back in Georgia this week to defend his McGladrey Classic title at Sea Island with his sights set on at least maintaining the high level of play he produced on the 2013-14 PGA Tour.

"Winning (The McGladrey Classic) last year was a huge boost for me," former Sea Island resident Kirk told reporters on Wednesday while preparing for Thursday's opening round in the tournament hosted by Davis Love III on the Seaside Course.

"I was coming off a pretty solid season the year before that but just didn't quite give myself any legitimate chances to win a tournament.

"So to put myself in that position, especially here at Sea Island, a place that is so important to me ... was pretty amazing and then I was able to keep the momentum for most of the season after that."

Kirk, who won his maiden PGA Tour title at the 2011 Viking Classic, produced stellar form during the 2013-14 season, recording five top-10s in 28 starts, including victories at the McGladrey and Deutsche Bank Championship.

He finished second in the season-long FedExCup standings and narrowly missed out on securing his place as a rookie on the 2014 U.S. Ryder Cup team.

As he approaches his first tournament on the 2014-15 PGA Tour, Kirk has a clear idea of how he wants his golfing progress to continue.

"Contending and possibly wining majors is where I'd like to go," said the 29-year-old from Knoxville, Tennessee. "Just to maintain the level of play I have had over the last year would be a pretty good accomplishment in itself too.   Continued...

Sep 12, 2014; Atlanta, GA, USA; Chris Kirk tees off on the third hole during the second round of the Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports