IRVING, Texas – Chris Kirk was disqualified after his second round Friday for signing an incorrect scorecard.
Kirk signed for a four on his last hole, but he actually had a five, as he had to take a penalty stroke when his tee shot found the water at the 18th.
Kirk shot a 5-over 75 Friday and was 3 over for the tournament, which is below the projected cut line.
Jeff Maggert had to withdraw after eight holes Friday because of a shoulder injury. Maggert opened with a 72 in the fist round and was 3 over on his Friday round.
Not surprisingly, players were wary of the wind this week at the Valero Texas Open. And the need for lower trajectory and more control in crosswinds prompted several Titleist players to make changes to their bags.
Chris Kirk had 17-degree and 21-degree 910H hybrids in his bag two weeks ago when he finished second at the Shell Houston Open. His longest iron at Redstone was a 4-iron. This week, though, the rookie has added a 3-iron to match the rest of his Titleist MBs and replaced the two hybrids with a 19-degree 910H.
Bobby Gates made two changes to his bag. First, he replaced a 15-degree Titleist fairway wood with a 13.5 version. He also added a 3-iron to the Titleist CBs in his bag this week -- ditching the 52-degree wedge he normally carries to make room. So Gates is playing this week with a 48-degree pitching wedge, a 56-degree sand wedge and a 60-degree lob wedge, all Vokey Design.
Michael Sim also returned his Titleist 503i 3-iron to the lineup, replacing his 19-degree Titleist 909H hybrid.
Here's a perk that comes with being a star player at the University of Georgia: The Bulldogs apparently have a hookup at Augusta National.
"We had a lot of alumni that [are] members there, and so they would treat us and take us out there once a year," said Chris Kirk, a Nationwide Tour grad that grabbed the midday lead after a 69 on Friday.
Obviously, Kirk is trying to make it to next week for his first official round at Augusta National. And it'll take nothing short of a win to do it.
"That's a huge goal of mine. I'm not exactly expecting it to happen this year," said Kirk. "But, I mean, down the road, that's the one tournament that I grew up watching and that I would love to play in and love to win that tournament one day."
Kirk's 66-69 start is the first time he's broken 70 since the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. It had killed some of the mojo from a solid start for Kirk, who easily made his first four cuts.
"I had my two worst tournaments of the past couple years the last two weeks," Kirk said. "Just was kind of in a little bit of a funk, I guess. And really, to be honest with you, I don't feel like I was playing that bad of golf."
PGA TOUR rookie Chris Kirk is in the clubhouse
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Oklahoma State junior Peter Uihlein just wanted to see how his game stacked up against the pros this week at the Transitions Championship.
And early reports are very favorable as the reigning U.S. Amateur champ has played his first nine holes at the Copperhead Course in 2 under. He’s among 15 players tied for 12th, four strokes off the pace being set by Nick Watney.
Uihlein, the No. 1 ranked amateur in the country, started on the back nine and promptly rolled in a 15-footer for birdie at the par-5 11th. The 21-year-old added a 12-footer for birdie at the 18th hole.
“I feel like my game is pretty good coming into it, playing okay, and just to try and have some fun and enjoy it and really not have that much expectations,” Uihlein had said Wednesday prior to his first-round date with Chris Kirk and Tommy Gainey.
Uihlein, whose father Wally is the CEO of the Acushnet Company, will play in the Masters next month thanks to his win at last year’s Amateur. Among his playing partners there will be Phil Mickelson, the defending and three-time Masters champ.
The second round is in full swing with everyone on the golf course at Torrey Pines, where Chris Kirk has moved to the top of the leaderboard at 10 under after playing his first five holes on the South Course in 4 under.
Kirk isn’t the only player going low, though. Anthony Kim, who is tied for second with Rickie Fowler at 8 under, is also 4 under through his first five holes. Meanwhile, Tiger Woods, who is in the group with Kim and Rocco Mediate, is 3 under on his round. That has Woods in a tie for eighth at the moment with Phil Mickelson and overnight leader Sunghoon Kang, who is struggling at 2 over through five holes.
Woods’ ball-striking has been solid so far -- he missed just one green in regulation through his first five holes and two of his three birdies came from inside 8 feet ( click here to follow Woods live with Shot Tracker).
Also playing well is Bubba Watson, who is over on the North Course, where he’s 7 under through his first 11 holes and 7 under for the week. Watson began his round on the back nine and at one point made four straight birdies.
LA JOLLA, Calif. -- A lot has been written already this year about the New Breed and the Establishment on the PGA TOUR. It’s more than a marketing plan, though – and you have only to look at the leaders of the Farmers Insurance Open for proof.
Four of the five players currently tied for the lead at 5 under are 25 or younger – Chris Kirk (25), Sung-hoon Kang (24), Ben Martin (23) and Rickie Fowler (22). Brant Jobe at 45 is holding the banner for the “old” guys.
Chris Kirk is certainly no stranger to success -- he won twice on the Nationwide Tour last year and finished second on the money list despite missing the final two events of the year with a wrist injury.
Obviously, the wrist injury has healed quite well judging by how Kirk is playing so far at the Bob Hope Classic. He’s 4 under through eight holes today with three birdies and an eagle on the par-4 12th hole on the Nicklaus Course and is just two shots off the lead of Gary Woodland.
Kirk has company, though, with Martin Laird, who is 3 under through 7 holes, also in a tie for second, along with overnight co-leader Jhonattan Vegas, who is 1 under through four holes on La Quinta today.