With clutch par-saving putt at No. 18, Kirk wins Colonial by a shot over trio including Spieth

FORT WORTH, Texas — Chris Kirk made a par-saving 7-foot putt after an errant tee shot at the 18th hole, avoiding a playoff at Colonial and winning by a stroke Sunday for his fourth career PGA Tour victory.

With a closing 4-under 66, Kirk got to 12-under 268, one ahead of Masters champion Jordan Spieth, playing partner Brandt Snedeker and Jason Bohn.

After Kirk hooked his tee shot at No. 18 into the left rough, he hit his approach from 155 yards over the green. A nice chip set up the winning putt.

Snedeker, who closed with a 67, hit a similar tee shot as Kirk on the final hole and hit to 12 feet. But his birdie try that would have tied Kirk slid left of the hole.

Bohn had a 63 that included six consecutive birdies on the front nine. Spieth shot 65, with a near-birdie that became a bogey at the par-3 16th hole.

Adam Hadwin of Abbotsford, B.C., was the top Canadian finisher, shooting a 4-under 66 in his final round. He finished tied for fifth at 10-under for the tournament.

Nick Taylor, also of Abbotsford, B.C., was the next top finisher at 5-under and tied for 27th. David Hearn of Brantford, Ont., finished tied for 33rd with a 4-under 66 on Sunday and Graham DeLaet of Weyburn, Sask., shot a 4-over 74 to finish the tournament at 1-under and tied for 53rd.

Stephen Hawkins, The Associated Press









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