Chris Kirk gave the University of Georgia its 2nd win this PGA Tour season yesterday when he notched his 4th career victory at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial. The win pushes the Bulldogs over $13M in cumulative earnings this season – nearly double the same of 2nd ranked UNLV.
It wasn’t just Kirk who played well at Colonial. In fact, 5 former Bulldogs made the cut and earned a cumulative $1.5M during the week. Over the past 3 years on the PGA TOUR, the University of Georgia is responsible for nearly $50M in earnings and 12 titles. Gulp.
A total of 65 former college golfers made the cut on the PGA TOUR this week. Collectively, they earned more than $5.8M at the Crowne Plaza. More than $136M has been awarded this season to former college golfers on the PGA TOUR and they have won 21 of 28 official events.
It wasn’t the first honor for Kirk at Colonial either. In 2006, as a junior at UGA he was the runner-up for the Hogan Award given by Colonial to the nation’s top college player. He decided then to return for his senior year for a chance to win the award — and did.
Kirk started the final day with an eagle. His only bogey came after hitting his drive at No. 7 into the rough. He made a 7 foot par putt on the 18th hole to avoid a potential playoff to win the tournament title. He shot a final-day 66 to finish at 12 under 268.
Other contenders this week were Jason Bohn (Alabama), Jordan Spieth (Texas) and Brandt Snedeker (Vanderbilt) – all 3 went on to tie for 2nd this week.
The PGA Tour’s next stop is the Byron Nelson Championship in Irving, where Spieth twice made the cut as a teenage amateur.
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