Despite an uninspiring 2017 season, Chris Kirk is still one of the more talented players in the field this week.
The former top-20 player in the world has lost the form that helped him win four events by the age of 30, but he’s not exactly hacking it around, either.
Part of his dropoff had to do with a hand injury in 2015 that forced him to miss nearly two months. He bounced back from that to begin this wraparound season.
Kirk was one of the top players in the fall swing. He had chances to win this season at the Safeway Open (T8), Sanderson Farms Championship (T2) and the OHL Classic at Mayakoba (T7). He also fared well against the season’s top field, tying for 12th at The PLAYERS in May.
Kirk’s hit a bit of a summer swoon, but this could be the right week for him. He’s 31st on Tour in birdie average and 30th in greens in regulation, meaning he should have lots of chances to earn points.
Also, at No. 95 in the FedEx Cup race, he is almost assured of a spot in the Playoffs, meaning he can be freed up to try to pick up win No. 5.
Kirk racked up 22 points to tie for 26th in his only other Barracuda Championship start in 2012.