Chris Kirk has a pretty solid track record at the Honda Classic, something that’s not the case for a good chunk of the top 10 in the power rankings.
This will be his 11th start at PGA National. Kirk owns seven made cuts, including a career-best T-7th last year.
The former Georgia Bulldog opened in 65-68 to be in contention through 36 holes before falling back with 71-73 on the weekend to finish seven shots off the pace.
"“I don’t care what the conditions are, this course is never easy,” Kirk was transcribed by ASAP Sports in 2022. “You’ve just got to get ready, get out there and try to just stack up as many good swings and as many good putts as you can and see where it leads you.”"
Good recent form has Kirk back in the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking for the first time since early 2016.
The four-time PGA Tour winner has been knocking on the door of adding his fifth, and first since 2015. Kirk posted four top-10s in the 2021-22 season, including T-5th at the PGA Championship.
In 2022-23, the 37-year-old has made five of eight cuts. He finished third in back-to-back events at the Sony Open in Hawaii and The American Express.
Kirk did not play last week at Riviera, so he should be fairly rested playing in just his fourth event of 2023.
He ranks 27th on the PGA Tour in total strokes gained per round (1.004). The only SG category he’s losing strokes in is off the tee, so hopefully, a venue where you don’t have to blast driver will help his cause.
Kirk is top-50 in SG approach, around-the-green, and putting. He’s 23-for-23 in scrambling from inside 10 yards this season.