November 10 2013
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. -- Chris Kirk won for the second time in his career on Sunday, but not before surviving a wild back nine at The McGladrey Classic.
Tied for the lead with Briny Baird as the two played the 18th hole at Sea Island Golf Club, Baird chunked a 4-iron out of a fairway bunker and into the water.
Kirk went on to make par and shoot 66 for a one-shot win over Baird and Tim Clark, who had the day's best round with a 62.
The victory is the first since 2011 for Kirk, who still has a home in the area despite recently moving to Atlanta.
He earned 500 FedExCup points with the win and moves to fourth in the standings early in the 2013-14 campaign. He also earns his first trip to the Masters.
After back-to-back birdies on Nos. 13 and 14, Baird appeared to be on his way to a thre-shot lead until three-putting for par on thr 15th hole.
Baird appeared to be well on his way to a three-shot lead and his first career win earlier in the day until he three-putted for par on the 15th hole.
Kirk caught Baird with a 15-foot birdie on the 17th.