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Chris Kirk completes comeback from health issues

4-time PGA Tour winner, who missed 6 months last year to be treated for alcohol abuse and depression, birdies 72nd hole for 1-stroke victory in Korn Ferry Tour’s King & Bear Classic

5: Number of years since Chris Kirk had won on any major professional tour before the American prevailed at the Korn Ferry Tour’s King & Bear Classic on Saturday in St. Augustine, Fla. Kirk, 35, who underwent six months of treatment in 2019 for alcohol abuse and depression, birdied the final hole at World Golf Village to post a one-stroke victory. He shot 5-under 67 for a 26-under 262 total. Kirk entered the final round four strokes behind Vince India, who faded to a tie for sixth when he followed a third-round 62 with a final-round 76. American Justin Lower (66) placed second at 25-under 263. Joseph Bramlett made a double eagle on the final hole to shoot 64 and surge into a tie for third with fellow American Will Zalatoris (68) at 23-under 265. Kirk missed the cut in five of six starts on the PGA Tour before he tied for 60th last week at the Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial in Fort Worth, Texas, the site of his most recent victory five years ago. The start in St. Augustine was the first on the developmental tour for Kirk since he won twice on what then was the Tour in 2010. Kirk is a four-time winner on the PGA Tour (scores).

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