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The Tour Report

April 1 2011

5:08 PM

Kirk is an Augusta veteran, kinda

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Chris Kirk is an early contender for PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year.

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."



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