The PGA Tour produced another first-time winner over the weekend as rookie Chris Kirk birdied two of the last four holes of his last round to win the Viking Classic by one shot.

The 26-year-old American birdied the 15th and 17th holes in a closing round of 4-under 68 to regain the outright lead and capture his first PGA Tour title with a 22-under total.

Unfortunately for Kirk all eyes were on England for the Open Championship, so he might have to produce evidence to convince people that he is actually a PGA Tour winner.

Tom Pernice and George McNeill finished tied for second at 21-under while a further three players, Bud Cauley, Hunter Haas and Jim Renner, were a further shot behind as Americans filled the top six places.

The highest placed foreigner was South Korea's Kang Sung-hoon, who finished tied for seventh after briefly holding a share of the lead.

Kirk earned his PGA Tour card by finishing second on the Nationwide Tour money list last year

 

Kirk became the fifth rookie to win on the Tour this year, joining Jhonnatan Vegas, Brendan Steele and Keegan Bradley and Masters champion Charl Schwartzel.

Player Score
Viking Classic Leaderboard
Chris Kirk -22
Tom Pernice Jr. =21
George McNeill -21
Bud Cauley -20
Hunter Haas -20
Jim Renner -20
Tommy Gainey -19
Sunghoon Kang -19
Blake Adams -18
Shane Bertsch -18