ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. -- Tim Clark had the lowest score of the week Sunday at Sea Island.
It still wasn't enough.
Clark birdied his final three holes to shoot an 8-under 62 to finish in a tie for second, one shot back of winner Chris Kirk at The McGladrey Classic.
"I haven't played this sort of golf in quite a long time, you know, really since the injury," said Clark, who underwent wrist surgery in 2010. "I'm starting to feel like my game might be back to where it was three years ago."
Clark's ball-striking was spectacular all afternoon. The South African hit a dozen approach shots to 15 feet and made nine birdies and just one bogey.
He hit all but two fairways and missed only one green in regulation.
"Obviously a golf course that suits my game," he said. "Unfortunately this is the first year I've been able to come play here, but I really enjoyed it."
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. -- Just when it looked like Chris Kirk might run away with a win at The McGladrey Classic, he hit his drive into a hazard on the par-4 14th hole.
He went on to make bogey -- while Briny Baird made birdie -- and the two swapped places atop the leaderboard.
It was the second straight birdie for Baird, who just two holes earlier had trailed by two and is now one shot ahead with four holes to play.
Tim Clark, meanwhile, is another stroke back at 12 under, while Matt Every and Scott Brown are both 11 under.
Should Baird win, it would be his first career victory in 365 starts on the PGA TOUR.
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. -- Briny Baird entered the final round of The McGladrey Classic looking to finally get his first career win. So far he's off to a good start.
Baird stuck his approach shot to 6 feet to set up a birdie on the par-4 second, then added another when he poured in a 25-foot putt om the par-4 fourth to get to 12 under on the week.
He's not the only one off to a good start, though.
Tim Clark made the turn in 30, at one point stringing together five birdies in a six-hole stretch, and added his sixth birdie of the day to move within one of the lead.
The South African has yet to miss a fairway or green in regulation in the final round -- he ranks third in the field in both this week -- and has taken just 14 putts through 10 holes.
Mostly, Clark has done it with superb iron play, hitting five approach shots to inside 10 feet and two others to 14 feet.
Scott Brown and Chris Kirk, meanwhile, are another stroke back at 10 under at the moment.
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. -- Leaders Chris Kirk and Briny Baird will tee off in the day's final group (along with Kevin Stadler, who's one back) in a half hour.
How they got to that position isn't all that dissimilar even if not much else about their games is.
In eight rounds in the new 2013-14 season, Kirk ranks 131st in greens in regulation hitting only 98 of 144 greens. This week, he's 42 of 54, however (up nearly 10 percent), and ranks ninth in the field.
Pretty good, especially when you consider the windy conditions he and the rest of the field has faced.
Kirk is also third in proximity to the hole, averaging 29 feet, 3 inches on his approach shots.
Baird, meanwhile, is in the top 10 in driving accuracy and greens in regulation this week. He also leads the field in par-3 scoring, playing the par 3s in 6 under, which is seven strokes better than the field average of 1 over.
Chris Kirk vs. the field
|Stat||Kirk rank||Kirk value||Field|
|Greens in regulation||T-9||77.78 percent||68.69 percent|
|Proximity to hole||3rd||29 feet, 3 inches||36 feet, 6 inches|
|Scrambling||T-10||75 percent||55.19 percent|
Briny Baird vs. the field
|Greens in regulation
||77.78 percent (T-9)
|Par-3 performance||6 under (1st)||1 over|