NORTON, Mass. – Despite a missed opportunity to close things out on the final hole, Chris Kirk did just enough to leave TPC Boston with the trophy. Here’s how things ended at the Deutsche Bank Championship, where Kirk won by two shots:
What it means: Kirk led for much of the back nine, and had a chance to close things out with a 6-foot birdie putt at the last hole. The putt lipped out, opening the door for Horschel, who promptly handed Kirk the trophy by putting his approach shot to the par-5 18th into the hazard in front of the green. It’s the second win this season for Kirk, and third win of his career.
Round of the day: Scott Stallings knew he needed a low number to have any chance of making it to the BMW Championship, and while his playoff run is over he did end it with his lowest round of the year, a 7-under 64. Stallings made it around TPC Boston without a bogey, cashing in after a start that included four birdies in his first six holes, and finished the week at 4 under.
Best of the rest: Ogilvy came into the week with long odds at No. 100 in playoff points, but after a final-round 65 he finished co-runner-up and not only is on to Denver, but has a good chance to make it to the Tour Championship. The Aussie birdied four of his first seven holes, and like Stallings failed to drop a shot in the final round.
Biggest disappointment: For an overall round it was McIlroy, who never got anything going and birdied the final hole to shoot an uninspiring 1-under 70. The most disappointing shot, though, was Horschel’s final approach, which never had a chance of clearing the hazard.
Shot of the day: As Horschel was making birdie on No. 15 to draw level, Kirk rolled in a lengthy birdie try on the par-3 16thhole. It took him to 15 under, and gave him an advantage that he never relinquished.
Quote of the day: “I’m a little shocked.” – Kirk