ATLANTA – It turns out Chris Kirk does have a pulse.
After winning the Deutsche Bank Championship and rolling into East Lake for this week’s finale atop the FedEx Cup points list, some had pegged Kirk as the ultimate flat-liner. But on Sunday at the Tour Championship, he proved there was a lot going on behind that calm exterior.
“My whole body was shaking on that left‑edge 3-footer (for par) on the 18th hole,” admitted Kirk, who tied for fourth at the finale and took second in the FedEx Cup race.
Kirk said he tried to ignore the potential scenarios that would propel him to the season-long title. In the end, he needed eventual champion Billy Horschel to finish in a tie for second place or worse, but spent much of the day being confronted by the reality.
“Kudos to whoever put the leaderboards out there this week. They make them blatantly impossible to not see,” he said. “I was trying as hard as I could all day to not look at them and you're sitting there reading your putt and they're, boom, right in front of you, your projected FedEx Cup ranking.”