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Chris Kirk's Keys to Victory at the Crowne Plaza Invitational

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Chris Kirk celebrates on the 18th green after holing the winning putt during the final round of the Crowne Plaza Invitational.

Crowne Plaza Invitational winner Chris Kirk had a rough time from tee to green at Colonial, ranking T60 in fairways hit and T62 in greens hit. So, how did he win? By shining on the greens.

94.9%

Kirk made 56 of 59 putts from nine feet and under, a 94.9% conversion rate. He placed second in strokes gained putting and three putted just once. He also made a lot of clutch putts in the final round, starting off with a 13-footer for eagle on the first hole. He was flawless on the back nine, draining putts from 18 feet, 5 feet and, on the final hole, 7 feet. While Kirk was making the key putts, the three players that finished behind him told a different story. Jason Bohn missed birdie putts on 10 and 14; Brandt Snedeker missed birdie putts on 16, 17 and 18; Jordan Spieth three-putted the 16th hole for bogey; it was his first three-putt in 183 holes dating back to the final round of the Masters.

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The PGA Tour allowed players to take their ball in hand on fairways and in the rough on Sunday, and Kirk turned it into a key advantage. In the final round, he missed six fairways and greens, giving him a more favorable lie, especially on 17 and 18.

20%

When Kirk gets into contention, he closes the deal. In the 132 events he has played, he has gone into the final round with the lead, a share of the lead, or within five shots of the lead 20 times. He has won four of those events (a 20% success rate), finished second three times and notched a total of 11 top-five finishes.

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With three wins since the start of the 2013-14 season, Kirk has entered elite company. There are only two players with more Tour wins over the last two seasons: Rory McIlroy and Jimmy Walker, with five titles each.

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