Golf weekend recap: Home victory of sorts for Chris Kirk in Sea Island
Chris Kirk spent six years living in beautiful Sea Island, Ga. A few months ago, the 28-year-old moved to Atlanta. On his return to paradise over the weekend, the former Georgia Bulldog won the McGladrey Classic by one shot.
It was Kirk's second career win on the PGA Tour. And it didn't come easy.
Playing the 72nd hole at Sea Island's Seaside Course, Kirk was tied for the lead with playing partner Briny Baird at 13 under. Baird, however, found a fairway bunker with his tee shot. That forced him to go for the green with a dodgy lie. Baird's 4-iron swat was topped and rolled 90 yards into a hazard.
Baird would make bogey on the hole to tie for second with Tim Clark, while par was good enough for Kirk to pick up the win.
"To come here to Sea Island, which is a place that I love and cherish so much, and Davis's tournament, it just an unbelievable thing," Kirk said. "Davis was kind of my guy when I was 12 and 13, really starting to play golf. He was my favorite player, and he's turned from being my idol to sort of a mentor and good friend. So I'm a very lucky person to be in that situation, and to win his tournament really means a lot to me."
The PGA Tour travels south to Mexico this week for the sixth event of the 2014 season and the final event of this calendar year -- OHL Classic at Mayakoba in El Camaleon, Riviera Maya. John Huh is the defending champion.
And now, on to more golf...
AUSTRALASIAN TOUR: The biggest news in golf happened Down Under this weekend, when Adam Scott -- making his first appearance in his homeland since becoming the first Australian-born player to win the Masters -- won the Australian PGA Championship.
Scott received a hero's welcome throughout the week. It was going to be a fantastic week no matter the result, but rather than simply basking in the long overdue Masters victory parade back home, Scott rolled to a four-stroke win over Rickie Fowler.
"I came out and knew I had to do something great to win this," Scott said. "It's been an incredible year since April, and so great to come home. I've had a great week."
Scott moves on to Royal Melbourne next week to defend his Australian Masters title.
EUROPEAN TOUR: Frenchman Victor Dubuisson won for the first time on the European Tour in the Turkish Airlines Open. It would have been memorable no matter what. But, when you consider the field, this is a victory Dubuisson will take pride in for years to come.
With the likes of Tiger Woods, Justin Rose, Henrik Stenson and Ian Poulter closing in on him, Dubuisson birdied three of his last four holes for a 3-under 69 that gave him a 24-under total of 264, good for a two-shot win.
The European Tour season finale -- the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai -- takes place this week.
LPGA TOUR: Teresa Lu won the Mizuno Classic on Sunday, birdieing the last two holes and six of the final eight for a two-stroke victory.
The 25-year-old from Taiwan, a regular on the Japan LPGA Tour after giving up her LPGA Tour membership in 2010, shot an 8-under 64 in windy, wet conditions at Kintetsu Kashikojima. She finished at 14-under 202 and earned $180,000 for her first professional title.
Stacy Lewis, the 2012 winner and top-ranked player in the field at No. 3 in the world, finished in a tie for eighth.
The LPGA Tour heads to Mexico this week for the Lorena Ochoa Invitational presented by Banamex.
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