Kirk WDs in Charleston with thumb fracture

Chris Kirk

Chris Kirk, No. 2 on the Nationwide Tour money list, has withdrawn from this week’s season-ending Tour Championship in Charleston, S.C., due to a fracture at the base of his left thumb.

Kirk said the injury was most likely the result of a fall he took early last week at the Winn-Dixie Jacksonville Open.

“I thought it was going to be fine,” Kirk said. “Each day I was thinking it would get a little bit better and I’d be fine.  I talked to multiple doctors who said it was a muscle sprain and that I’d be all right.

“My hand has been broken for a week and I just didn’t realize it,” Kirk added. “I was trying to down play things by saying I thought it was bothering me as a result of hitting balls.”

Thanks to his high standing on the money list, Kirk has already locked up a PGA Tour card for 2011. He said he plans to return to the Tour Championship’s Closing Ceremony on Sunday, where he will receive it along with the other 24 Nationwide Tour graduates of 2010.

Kirk said he will be sidelined with the injury for three to four weeks and still plans to open the season at the Sony Open in Hawaii.

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