August 30 2013
NORTON, Mass. -- Chris Kirk's second shot to the par-5 18th -- his ninth hole of the day -- was headed a little right of the pin.
And then ...
Well, let Kirk describe it.
"There's a rake," Kirk said. "They had these like old-fashioned, like thick wooden rakes here, that was probably 20, 25 feet from the hole next to that bunker. It hit that, bounced over the bunker, past the rough into the hazard right."
"Ended up trying to chop it there, and ended up hitting it over the green the other way. I was in bad position and it kept getting worse," he said.
By the time he finished the hole, Kirk had a double-bogey 7 and made the turn at even par and seemingly no momentum.
But the bad bounce evidently inspired him. He played his final nine holes in 5 under to shoot a 66 and move into contention in Friday's first round of the Deutsche Bank Championship.
Kirk, who ranks 47th in FedExCup points coming into the week, was happy that he could shake off the bad result and not let his round get out of control.
"A little bit better attitude than I normally would have," he said.
His attitude was even better after he overcame a poor tee shot at his closing hole, the ninth, by draining a putt from 52-1/2 feet for an unexpected birdie.
"A little bit of justice for 18 today," he said.