DUBLIN, Ohio – If Chris Kirk’s shoes seem more West Village than Muirfield Village know this of the rookie’s footwear choices, they are less fashion statement than they are functional necessity.
Kirk has been slowed since the beginning of last year by a condition in his right foot called Morton’s Neuroma, a thickening of nerve tissue that occurs between the third and fourth toes.
At The Players Championship he began wearing a pair of FootJoy Streets which resemble an “old school” pair of Converse low tops with golf spikes. “I don’t think they were intended to be worn on Tour. They’re more casual,” said Kirk following an opening 70 that left him tied for 15th place at the Memorial.
“They’re not redneck shoes, I can guarantee you that,” laughed Blake Adams, who played with Kirk on Thursday.
Kirk can take the jokes as long as his foot is feeling better. He was forced to have a cortisone shot to alleviate the pain earlier this year in San Diego and he said the shoes give him some much-need flexibility.
As for the laidback look, well that’s just a bonus.