Party on from Portrush to St. Simons


Royal Portrush Golf Club – the venerable Northern Ireland layout that has now hosted victory parties for Graeme McDowell (2010 U.S. Open) and Darren Clarke (2011 Open Championship) – is not the only hot spot in the game right now.

Chris Kirk’s one-stroke victory at the Viking Classic continued two traditions on the PGA Tour this season. Kirk became the fifth rookie to win and the second member of the “Sea Island mafia” to celebrate his triumph at Bubba Garcia’s restaurant.

Fellow St. Simons Island, Ga., residents Davis Love III, Jonathan Byrd and Zach Johnson are expected to be at the gathering on Tuesday evening at the area staple like they were when Brandt Snedeker won The Heritage earlier this year.