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Golf: Kirk wins McGladrey as Baird bogeys final hole

Chris Kirk, right, hugs Briny Baird after winning the final round of the McGladrey Classic golf tournament on Sunday, Nov 10, 2013, in St. Simons Island, Georgia. Kirk won the US$5.5 million (S$6.85 million) McGladrey Classic on Sunday as a bogey at
Chris Kirk, right, hugs Briny Baird after winning the final round of the McGladrey Classic golf tournament on Sunday, Nov 10, 2013, in St. Simons Island, Georgia. Kirk won the US$5.5 million (S$6.85 million) McGladrey Classic on Sunday as a bogey at the final hole cost Briny Baird a chance to grab a long awaited first US PGA Tour title. -- PHOTO: AP
Chris Kirk plays a shot on the 16th hole during the final round of The McGladrey Classic at Sea Island's Seaside Course on Nov 10, 2013, in Sea Island, Georgia. Kirk won the US$5.5 million (S$6.85 million) McGladrey Classic on Sunday as a bogey at th
Chris Kirk plays a shot on the 16th hole during the final round of The McGladrey Classic at Sea Island's Seaside Course on Nov 10, 2013, in Sea Island, Georgia. Kirk won the US$5.5 million (S$6.85 million) McGladrey Classic on Sunday as a bogey at the final hole cost Briny Baird a chance to grab a long awaited first US PGA Tour title. -- PHOTO: AFP
Chris Kirk plays a shot on the 13th hole during the final round of The McGladrey Classic at Sea Island's Seaside Course on Nov 10, 2013, in Sea Island, Georgia. Kirk won the US$5.5 million (S$6.85 million) McGladrey Classic on Sunday as a bogey at th
Chris Kirk plays a shot on the 13th hole during the final round of The McGladrey Classic at Sea Island's Seaside Course on Nov 10, 2013, in Sea Island, Georgia. Kirk won the US$5.5 million (S$6.85 million) McGladrey Classic on Sunday as a bogey at the final hole cost Briny Baird a chance to grab a long awaited first US PGA Tour title. -- PHOTO: AFP
Chris Kirk looks over a birdie attempt on the 18th hole during the final round of The McGladrey Classic at Sea Island's Seaside Course on Nov 10, 2013, in Sea Island, Georgia. Kirk won the US$5.5 million (S$6.85 million) McGladrey Classic on Sunday a
Chris Kirk looks over a birdie attempt on the 18th hole during the final round of The McGladrey Classic at Sea Island's Seaside Course on Nov 10, 2013, in Sea Island, Georgia. Kirk won the US$5.5 million (S$6.85 million) McGladrey Classic on Sunday as a bogey at the final hole cost Briny Baird a chance to grab a long awaited first US PGA Tour title. -- PHOTO: AFP
Chris Kirk plays a shot on the 9th hole during the final round of The McGladrey Classic at Sea Island's Seaside Course on Nov 10, 2013, in Sea Island, Georgia. Kirk won the US$5.5 million (S$6.85 million) McGladrey Classic on Sunday as a bogey at the
Chris Kirk plays a shot on the 9th hole during the final round of The McGladrey Classic at Sea Island's Seaside Course on Nov 10, 2013, in Sea Island, Georgia. Kirk won the US$5.5 million (S$6.85 million) McGladrey Classic on Sunday as a bogey at the final hole cost Briny Baird a chance to grab a long awaited first US PGA Tour title. -- PHOTO: AFP
Chris Kirk poses with the trophy after winning The McGladrey Classic at Sea Island's Seaside Course on Nov 10, 2013, in Sea Island, Georgia. Kirk won the US$5.5 million (S$6.85 million) McGladrey Classic on Sunday as a bogey at the final hole cost Br
Chris Kirk poses with the trophy after winning The McGladrey Classic at Sea Island's Seaside Course on Nov 10, 2013, in Sea Island, Georgia. Kirk won the US$5.5 million (S$6.85 million) McGladrey Classic on Sunday as a bogey at the final hole cost Briny Baird a chance to grab a long awaited first US PGA Tour title. -- PHOTO: AFP

SEA ISLAND, United States (AFP) - Chris Kirk won the US$5.5 million (S$6.85 million) McGladrey Classic on Sunday as a bogey at the final hole cost Briny Baird a chance to grab a long awaited first US PGA Tour title.

Kirk fired a four-under-par 66 to notch his second career victory on 14-under 266.

He and Baird were tied for the lead playing the 18th when Baird, seeking his first US tour win in 365 starts, drove into a fairway bunker. He fired out into a water hazard and Kirk needed only to par for the one-shot victory over Baird and South African Tim Clark.

"I didn't have a really good lie, but it was a doable shot," Baird said.

"My foot just slipped... I didn't do a good job." Baird closed with a 67, while Clark roared up the leaderboard to a total of 267 with a 62.

Baird, 41 and back on tour after 2012 shoulder surgery, now has six runner-up finishes since he joined the tour in 1999.

"It's not all about winning," Baird said. "I've said that, but this hurts.

This really does. This is very disappointing." Brian Gay (67), John Senden (67) and Scott Brown (66) tied for fourth on 268.

Matt Kuchar, 2012 US Open champion Webb Simpson, and Matt Every were a further two strokes back on 270.

Kirk's drive at 18 had found the rough, but he eventually made a two-footer for his winning par.

Baird and Kirk had entered the final round sharing the lead on 10-under par.

Baird edged ahead with a six-foot birdie at the second hole, and drained a 26-footer at the fourth to move two clear of Kirk and Clark, who had five birdies in a six-hole stretch starting at the second to climb into contention.

Kirk had gained a two-shot lead through 12, but Baird responded with a 30-foot birdie at 13.

At 14 Baird he seized the lead with a birdie as Kirk had to take a penalty stroke en route to a bogey.

Kirk regained a share of the lead with a 15-foot birdie at 17, setting up the drama at the last.

"Everyone in the community has wanted a local to win this event so badly," said Kirk, who attended the University of Georgia.

"I don't live here full time, but hopefully they'll take it."