MADISON, Miss. – Chris Kirk won his first PGA Tour event with a one-stroke victory in the Viking Classic, shooting a 4-under 68 to beat Tom Pernice Jr. and George McNeill by one stroke.
The 26-year-old rookie tied the tournament record with a 22-under performance over four rounds, taking advantage of Annandale Golf Club’s soft greens and fairway. He broke a tie with McNeill on No. 17, hitting a 140-yard approach over water to within 5 feet of the hole for an easy birdie putt.
The 51-year-old Pernice fell just short in his attempt to become the second-oldest winner in tour history, missing a birdie putt on No. 18.
Kirk is the fifth rookie to win this season – only the second time that’s happened since 1970.
Former Pullman resident Kirk Triplett shot 70 in the final round and finished at 15 under par.