Kirk's hot play putting him in newfound spotlight


ATLANTA – To this point, Chris Kirk has enjoyed a nice career largely away from the limelight.

If he keeps playing like this, though, he’ll start earning a lot more recognition – and a lot more money, too.

Kirk followed an opening-round 66 with a 2-under 68 at the Tour Championship on Friday, placing the FedEx Cup points leader just two strokes out of the tournament lead going into the weekend.

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“I'm able to just sort of go about my business,” he said. “Nobody really bothers me, which has been very nice, but you can't live under a rock forever. I would love to play like this and be in the spotlight more often just because it's from my good play. I'm not going to run around and do fist pumps or anything like that. But if you play well, you're going to get noticed, for sure.”

Two weeks ago, Kirk won the Deutsche Bank Championship. Now he’s in contention for a second win in three weeks, third of the season and fourth of his career.

And yes, the University of Georgia product is starting to grab more attention, especially here in his home state.

“There's a lot less of people trying to look at their programs and figure out, 'Who is this?' Yeah, so that's nice to have people pulling for you and knowing who you are a little bit. I've definitely noticed a little bit of a change in that the last month or so.”