Sunday October 28, 2012
Kirk nicely poised to pounce on the joint leaders
AMERICAN Chris Kirk turned in a bogey-free third round of eight-under 63 to loom ominously on the CIMB Classic leaderboard today with a chance to snatch his biggest career purse of US$1.3mil.
Kirk is just one stroke behind joint leaders Robert Garrigus and Bo Van Pelt, the defending champion.
Kirk posted five birdies on the front nine en route to a 30 before going bogey-free again on the back nine to finish the 54 holes on 15-under 198. He was clearly delighted to produce his best round so far after earlier scores of 69 and 66.
It is his lowest career round and the second this year. Kirk also produced a 63 at the Duetsche Bank Championship on the PGA Tour earlier this year.
“I got off to a good start and was five under through five. After that I sort of said, ‘okay, let’s get it to about 15 or so and then give me a chance tomorrow’,” said Kirk.
The 27-year-old is an avid American football fan but, given the position he is currently in, the Tennessee-born golfer will pass the chance to catch his favourite team in action.
”I don’t think I will catch the Florida-Georgia game (at 3.30am). I have a feeling I am not going to want to know the score of that game,” said Kirk, who is bracing himself for a strong charge today.
“This is the type of course when you’re feeling like you’re hitting it pretty good and rolling it right, you need to get as many as you can.
“I love this course. The grass is just like home, good old Bermuda grass. The greens are rolling just perfect,” said Kirk, who has one PGA Tour win – at the Viking Classic last year.