Cognizant Classic in The Palm Beaches

PGA National (Champion Course)



Winner's Bag

The clubs Chris Kirk used to win the 2023 Honda Classic

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February 26, 2023
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The par-5 finishing hole at PGA National’s Champion Course habitually produces some of the more exciting finishes on the PGA Tour’s calendar. It lived up to that reputation once again as Chris Kirk, who sent a ball swimming at the end of regulation, leading to overtime with Eric Cole, recovered from a poor tee shot on the first playoff hole by stiffing a lob wedge from 100 yards, resulting in a satisfying win at the Honda Classic.

The victory was Kirk’s fifth on the PGA Tour and his first since 2015 at Colonial. Kirk, who has been playing well of late, used a combination of solid iron play and timely putting to secure the win.

Despite the trouble guarding so many of the greens at PGA National’s Champion Course, Kirk managed to hit 54 of 72 greens to rank T-7 for the week, while posting a SG/approach mark of 7.643 strokes gained on the field to rank second.

Kirk’s irons are a split set with a Callaway Apex Pro 4-iron then a 2018 version of Callaway's Apex MB irons for his 5-iron through pitching wedge, all with Project X LZ 125 shafts. Kirk managed to hit 14 of 18 greens during Sunday’s final round. As for the 60-degree wedge that hit the winning shot, that club was a Titleist Vokey SM9 WedgeWorks model.

On the greens, Kirk wielded his Odyssey White Hot OG #5 putter expertly, rolling in a 17-footer for birdie at No. 1 along with a 35-footer for birdie on No. 8, before a crucial birdie at 16 temporarily gave him the lead. For the week Kirk ranked third in putts per GIR and ninth in strokes gained/putting. His putter features a StrokeLab shaft, which is mostly graphite, with a steel section near the head. Weight is moved to the grip area to improve consistency in the stroke with more of the weight in the player’s hands than a typical putter.

Fortunately for Kirk, he didn’t need a lot of help on the tap in to win.

What Chris Kirk had in the bag at the 2023 Honda Classic

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Driver: Callaway Paradym Triple Diamond (Fujikura Ventus Blue 6TX), 9 degrees

3-wood: TaylorMade Stealth, 15 degrees

5-wood: TaylorMade Stealth, 18 degrees

Wedges: Callaway Jaws Raw (50 degrees); Titleist Vokey SM9 (56 degrees); Titleist Vokey SM9 WedgeWorks (60 degrees)

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