Kirk tames Colonial, cracks Top 20 world rankings

With his fourth career PGA Tour title, Chris Kirk moved up six places to inside the Top 20 at No. 17 in the latest Official World Golf Ranking.

Kirk (12-under) survived a shooting Sunday in Texas at Colonial Country Club to capture the Crowne Plaza Invitational. On a day when the final group was struggling — even with preferred lies, several players were in and out of the mix in Fort Worth until Kirk pulled ahead posting 65.

Overnight leader Kevin Na reached 13-under after back-to-back birdies to open the final round but slipped back and failed to contend on the back nine. Brandt Snedeker, Jason Bohn and Jordan Spieth finished T-2 at 11-under, while Ian Poulter was part of a group at T-5. 

The Top 6 in the rankings remained unchanged led by Rory McIlroy, who missed the cut on the European Tour last week, Spieth, Henrik Stenson, Bubba Watson, Jim Furyk and Justin Rose. Sergio Garcia flipped spots with Jason Day into No. 7 slot while Rickie Fowler and Dustin Johnson rounded out the Top 10.

Byeung-Hun An, who won the U.S. Amateur in 2009, captured his first European Tour title as a rookie winning the BMW PGA Championship by six shots. The 23-year-old’s maiden victory jumped him from 132nd to 54th in the world rankings.

At age 51, Miguel Angel Jimenez was T-2 at the European Tour’s flagship event. He shot 67 in the final round and managed his 10th career European Tour hole-in-one earlier in the week. He moved from 69th to 44th in the latest rankings.

Other Golf News:

  • Kirk used a 65-65 weekend to win the Colonial as a 33-to-1 betting pick at It marked his fourth Top 10 at Colonial and 7th Top 10 of the season.
  • Colin Montgomerie (8-under) defended his title at the Senior PGA Championship shooting a final-round 69 at French Lick. He was a 12-1 betting selection. Esteban Toledo finished runner-up four strokes back. Woody Austin, Brian Henninger and Scott Verplank tallied Top 5s.
  • Poulter’s T-5 finish at Colonial moved him inside the Top 30 at No. 24. He was in the mix to win the title Sunday but was trapped in the sluggish final group which failed to build momentum. He shot 70 falling short of his 13th career worldwide victory and first stroke-play title in the U.S.
  • Kirk led the FedEx Cup standings heading into the TOUR Championship last season before finishing second to Billy Horschel.¬†Kirk won the Deutsche Bank Championship in the FedEx Playoffs and also the McGladrey Classic earlier in the season.