Updates: Kirk holds off field at Deutsche Bank
September 01, 2014
- September 01, 2014
- Chris Kirk grabbed the FedExCup lead with his second win of the year. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
Chris Kirk was unflappable Monday at TPC Boston, going bogey-free for the biggest win in his brief PGA TOUR career.
Kirk shot 66 and won by two to secure his third career PGA TOUR win. Kirk joins Hunter Mahan as two of the final five players who will control their destiny in the FedExCup Playoffs and its $10 million prize in two weeks at the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola.
"Biggest win I ever had," Kirk said. "I may be a little bit more calm, but I was still freaking out a bit inside."
Kirk moved to No. 1 in the FedExCup standings with the win.
Rory McIlroy's expected final-round charge never materialized. The world No. 1 had four bogeys by the 12th hole and was never a factor late in the day. Even so, he stayed No. 2 in the FedExCup standings.
Phil Mickelson birdied his final three holes for a 67 and a spot in the BMW Championship next week. Mickelson had been around the FedExCup Playoffs bubble all week but will instead return to Cherry Hills, where he won the U.S. Amateur in 1990.
The biggest FedExCup move was made by Geoff Ogilvy, who tied for second. The Aussie had only one top-10 all year -- his win in the Barracuda Championship -- but he played inspired golf at TPC Boston all week. He entered the week 100th in FedExCup standings but was projected 24th after a 65.
Jerry Kelly eagled the 72nd hole to grab the final spot for the BMW Championship. Robert Streb, who also eagled the final hole, missed by a mere two points.