Kirk has best finish by a McGladrey defending champ

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ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – Chris Kirk couldn’t rekindle the magic from last year when he won his first PGA Tour event at the McGladrey Classic, but his tie for fourth place was the best finish by a defending champion at the Sea Island stop.

Kirk birdied Nos. 11 and 15 to get to 12 under par, two shots off the lead, but played his last three holes in even par to finish two strokes out of the playoff won by Robert Streb.

“I've never really pictured it as a course that I would win on or play well on,” said Kirk, who closed with a 67. “I struggled here in college always during the SECs, but I think the work that I've done with Scott (Hamilton), my teacher, is helping me drive the ball a lot better and that's one of the big keys out here.”

Kirk used to live on St. Simons Island and played numerous SEC Championships on the Seaside layout while he was at Georgia.

“Coming back to defend my title from last year and playing some good golf this year, all in all just a really great week,” he said.