Chris Kirk emerged victorious at The Sentry in Maui, Hawaii, securing the first win of the 2024 PGA Tour season. The 38-year-old American showcased an impressive performance in the final round, finishing eight under par with crucial birdies on the 15th and 17th holes.
Kirk, who led going into the final round, demonstrated consistency with six birdies in his first 11 holes. Despite a late surge from compatriot Sahith Theegala on the back nine, Kirk held firm to clinch the victory, marking his sixth career win and the first since the 2023 Honda Classic.
This triumph is a significant milestone for Kirk, who faced personal challenges in the past, including a leave of absence in 2019 to address mental health and addiction issues.
Reflecting on his journey, Kirk emphasized the pivotal role of sobriety in revitalizing his career, stating that getting sober was the key reason he can continue to excel in professional golf.
The victory at The Sentry in Hawaii earned Kirk $3.6 million of the $20 million purse at the Plantation Course in Kapalua, underscoring his stellar performance throughout the week with just one bogey.
In a tense moment tied with Theegala at the 17th, Kirk showcased his skill with a remarkable shot that set up a crucial birdie, securing the win with a total score of 29 under 263 for the week. Kirk expressed pride in his decisive shot, highlighting the difficulty of committing to such a challenging play.
Currently ranked 52nd in the world, Kirk's victory at The Sentry solidifies his return to top-tier competition. Other notable performances in the tournament included Jordan Spieth, who finished third at 27 under, and South Korea's An Byeong-Hun securing the fourth position.