In hindsight, we probably should have seen this coming. Here we had Chris Kirk, fresh off his stellar first year as a Callaway Staff Pro, playing in his home state of Georgia, with an FT Optiforce Driver that he’s been absolutely bombing and three Mack Daddy 2 Wedges in the bag.
The man who could easily be nicknamed “Mr. Consistency” picked his spots early on Sunday and then turned it on with clutch play down the stretch to win the McGladrey Classic.
Here’s the key Callaway/Odyssey equipment Kirk used to earn another big win for #TeamCallaway, and the second victory of his great young career:
The FT Optiforce has been, well, a force on Tour since it immediately became Callaway’s #1 Driver on the PGA Tour the very first week it was introduced. Since then it’s played a crucial role in a number of unforgettable moments like Jim Furyk’s 59, Patrick Reed’s first Tour victory at the Wyndham Championship, and now we can add Kirk’s win to the list.
The actual loft on Kirk’s driver is 9.4° with a 44 ½” Mistubishi Whiteboard 73x Shaft. He had a strong driving week in the windy Sea Island conditions, and his solid play off the tee allowed him to play aggressively in all four rounds (he was T1 in birdies for the event).
Kirk shot 66-66-68-66 and delivered again and again on Sunday in what turned out to be a thrilling two-man showdown over the final four holes. He made birdies on 11 and 12, rolled in a clutch 15-foot birdie putt on 17 to tie the lead, and made a two-putt par on 18 to close out a one-shot win.
With his victory on Sunday, the Callaway Staff Pro is up to 4th place in the FedExCup standings, joining Gary Woodland and Ryo Ishikawa in the top 10. This is also the second straight McGladrey Classic win for Callaway after Tommy Gainey fired a final round 60 to win the event last year.
Congratulations to Chris on his big victory! We know it’s one of many more to come and we’re proud to have him on #TeamCallaway.