Chris Kirk Wins PGA Tour’s McGladrey Classic as Baird Falters

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Golfer Chris Kirk plays a shot on the 15th hole during the final round of The McGladrey Classic at Sea Island's Seaside Course on November 10, 2013. Close

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Golfer Chris Kirk plays a shot on the 15th hole during the final round of The McGladrey Classic at Sea Island's Seaside Course on November 10, 2013.

Chris Kirk won golf’s McGladrey Classic by one shot over Tim Clark and Briny Baird, who was denied a chance for his first U.S. PGA Tour victory in 365 starts when he found a water hazard on the final hole.

Kirk, 28, shot a 4-under-par 66 yesterday to finish with a four-round total of 14 under 266 at Sea Island Resort’s Seaside Course on St. Simons Island, Georgia. He received $990,000 for his first PGA Tour title since his breakthrough win at the 2011 Sanderson Farms Championship -- as well as berths in the Masters Tournament and PGA Championship.

The 41-year-old Baird, who has made more career PGA Tour starts without a win than any active player, was tied with Kirk for the lead at the 18th hole before topping his approach from a bunker into a pond for a penalty. Baird didn’t compete on the PGA Tour last season while recovering from double-shoulder surgery and is playing this year on a major medical extension. This was his sixth career runner-up finish.

“This game’s so humbling it’s incredible,” Baird said. “I could have crawled into a shell walking up to the green on 18 knowing that I had no realistic chance at winning the golf tournament. It’s not all about winning, but this hurts.”

Clark matched Baird at 13-under par after shooting a final-round 62 that included birdies on the final three holes. Brian Gay, John Senden and Scott Brown tied for fourth place at 12 under par.

The PGA Tour’s wraparound 2013-14 season, which has six events this year, continues Nov. 14-17 with the OHL Classic at Mayakoba in Mexico. It then takes a six-week break before resuming in January with its traditional swing through Hawaii before moving to the U.S. West Coast for six events in California and Arizona.

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