Tour Tracker: Kirk wins Deutsche Bank
Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Russell Henley started Monday's final round of the PGA Tour's Deutsche Bank Championship with the lead in the second event of the FedEx Cup playoffs – but he isn't the Georgia Bulldogs product leaving with a win, as Chris Kirk shot 66 to move to 15 under.
A 3-under front nine got Kirk into the mix as he stole the show from Henley, Rory McIlroy and Jason Day in holding off a late charge from Billy Horschel.
Recap the highlights right here – and scroll down for our previous coverage!
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Update No. 13: 5:50 p.m. EDT
Billy Horschel takes a drop and must hole out a wedge to force a playoff. It's pin high but well right – and Chris Kirk will win the Deutsche Bank Championship.
Russell Henley makes birdie to finish T-2 at 13 under, where Horschel finishes after a bogey and Geoff Ogilvy had settled earlier.
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Update No. 12: 5:44 p.m. EDT
Billy Horschel hits his tee shot at the par-5 18th down the fairway – then watches as Chris Kirk narrowly misses his birdie putt and heads in at 15 under with a one-shot lead. Horschel could win with eagle. His second shot, however, comes up well short of the green and into the natural area guarding the front of the green. Par could be a challenge at this point.
Rory McIlroy birdies to wrap up his second 70 of the week and head in at 11 under.
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Update No. 11: 5:38 p.m. EDT
Leader Chris Kirk drives it in the left-side rough at the par-5 18th, then into the rough at the edge of the bunker in the center of the fairway with his second shot. His ball is sitting up decently for his approach, which settles pin-high and gives him one last chance for birdke.
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Update No. 10: 5:21 p.m. EDT
Rory McIlroy gets his day back to even par with a near hole-in-one at the 16th to rise to T-6 at 10 under.
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Update No. 9: 5:14 p.m. EDT
A long birdie putt at the 16th gets Chris Kirk to 15 under – his lead remains one shot, however, as Billy Horschel birdies the 15th.
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Update No. 8: 5:04 p.m. EDT
Geoff Ogilvy finishes with five straight pars to wrap up a bogey-free 65 that sends him to the clubhouse at 13 under, T-2 and a shot back of leader Chris Kirk.
Rory McIlroy has three straight pars since a bogey at No. 12 dropped him to T-8 at 9 under, again sending him over par for his round.
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Update No. 7: 4:38 p.m. EDT
Chris Kirk sneaks a putt of about 15 feet inside the right edge for a birdie to take the lead outright at 14 under, getting clear of Billy Horschel and Geoff Ogilvy.
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Update No. 6: 4:21 p.m. EDT
Russell Henley birdies No. 10 to get back to even par for the day and pull within one of co-leaders Billy Horschel, Chris Kirk and Geoff Ogilvy.
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Update No. 5: 4:09 p.m. EDT
Geoff Ogilvy, who got into the FedEx Cup playoffs with a win at the Barracuda Championship, is bogey-free today – and his sixth birdie comes at No. 13 to move him into a share of the lead with Billy Horschel and Chris Kirk at 13 under. They lead Jason Day and Russell Henley by two.
Rory McIlroy bogeys No. 10 to drop to T-6 at 10 under alongside John Senden and Webb Simpson.
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Update No. 4: 3:55 p.m. EDT
Phil Mickelson, by the way, solidified his FedEx Cup standing with a 67 this morning to get to 2 under for the week, good for T-45 as things stand. An opening-round 74 had left him fighting to stay in the top 70 to advance to next week's BMW Championship – when he'll battle to get to the Tour Championship.
Jason Day bogeys No. 10 to drop to T-5 at 11 under alongside Rory McIlroy, who has come into trouble on No. 10 as well and will need an up and down to stay on that mark.
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Update No. 3: 3:44 p.m. EDT
Chris Kirk birdies No. 9 to move to 13 under and earn a share of the lead with Billy Horschel. Jason Day, Russell Henley and Geoff Ogilvy are a shot back.
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Update No. 2: 3:37 p.m. EDT
Billy Horschel takes the outright lead with a par at No. 8, while Russell Henley bogeys to drop to T-2 at 12 under.
Rory McIlroy's third birdie of the day comes at No. 8, getting him under par for the round again and to solo sixth at 11 under. He's again within two shots of the lead. McIlroy started the day with three pars before a birdie and back-to-back bogeys before back-to-back birdies.
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Update No. 1: 3:28 p.m. EDT
Overnight leader Russell Henley is 1 under through seven holes, now tied for the lead with Billy Horschel – who birdies the seventh to tie Henley. They're a shot ahead of Jason Day, Chris Kirk and Geoff Ogilvy.
World No. 1 Rory McIlroy is even for the day after birdieing No. 7 to get back to 10 under, three shots off the lead and among four players T-6.
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The leaderboard is jammed at the Deutsche Bank Championship, with nine players within four shots of Russell Henley’s lead as we head to what could be a memorable Labor Day shootout, but there’s only one man with a target on his back: That would be World No. 1 Rory McIlroy. After giving the field a breather at the Barclays last week, he’s back in the hunt, poised to pounce and take home another big title in what has been an incredible stretch of golf.
Six months and 16 tournaments covers a long time, even longer when it’s filled with a lot of pedestrian and less-than-inspiring golf. Oh, but how that stretch of mediocrity could be easily forgotten should Russell Henley continue his suddenly stellar play and win the Deutsche Bank Championship. Hearing the crescendo of roars that were ignited by matching 64s from Rory McIlroy and Chris Kirk in the 12:05 pairing, Henley came along more than an hour later and posted 65 to push to 12-under 201 and assume a one-stroke lead over Billy Horschel.
Overnight leader Russell Henley and World No. 1 Rory McIlroy will play in two of Monday's high-profile groups – see the complete tee times right here.
Sixes are never good on the scorecard. But six of them? Good gracious, how did that happen? Patrick Reed wishes he could pinpoint the reason to his birdieless round of 11-over 82 – his worst PGA Tour score. It was such a stunning day of mishaps that he went from T-6 to missing the 54-hole cut in a little more than four hours.
One week after riding the emotional high of a victory at The Barclays that seemingly thrust him into leading consideration for one of three Ryder Cup captain’s picks, Hunter Mahan must endure the letdown of a rough finish in Round 3 of the Deutsche Bank Championship that puts his status in limbo. Finishing with bogeys at the par-4 17th and par-5 18th for a second straight day, Mahan went out early Sunday, shot 2-over 73 and was faced with the cold reality of sweating out the secondary cut.
Will a Scotsman play in the first Ryder Cup to visit Scotland since 1973? That’s now in the hands of European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley. Stephen Gallacher, a born and bred Scotsman, could have taken all the drama out, but his final-round, 7-under 65 left him one shot out of second place at the Italian Open. Englishman David Howell moved from seventh to solo second at 18 under after shooting a 9-under 63. Gallacher needed to finish in second with no more than one other player to gain his spot on the team, leaving him to battle players at TPC Boston for one of three captain's picks.
Russell Henley seized the lead at the Deutsche Bank Championship, shooting a 6-under 65 in the third round, but Billy Horschel, Rory McIlroy and Jason Day sit close behind with one round to go. See the highlights of how it happened right here.
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Bill Haas Monday qualified for the 2004 Deutsche Bank Championship and played the third round alongside Tiger Woods before finishing T-9. Ten years later, an older and more experienced Haas finds himself in the thick of things once again at TPC Boston.
Billy Horschel's run at the Deutsche Bank Championship could help keep him alive in the FedEx Cup Playoffs.
Jason Day fired a 3-under 68 in Saturday's second round of the Deutsche Bank Championship to grab a share of the lead with Ryan Palmer at TPC Boston.
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For Geoff Ogilvy, there's an upside as the last guy invited to the party at this week’s Deutsche Bank Championship, the second stop in the PGA Tour’s four-pronged FedEx Cup playoffs.
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From 1999 to 2009, Stuart Appleby was counted among the elite on the PGA Tour. During the past five years, Appleby has seen his impact on the game slowed until a second-place finish last week pushed him to 19th in the FedEx Cup standings.
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