A pro can even surprise himself at times. Consider Chris Kirk’s shot on the par-3 17th hole during the Honda Classic’s second round on Friday.
“Today I hit one of my greatest shots in a long time on [No.] 17.” That hole is much more difficult today than it was yesterday, and I pull the ball 98 percent of the time, so I hit it like a little knockdown, cut 6-iron in there, and made the putt. That was unquestionably a significant boost.”
Kirk’s first birdie of the day came on the back nine at PGA National, where he started. He bogeyed the par-5 18th, but birdied the next three holes after turning around. His scoring streak came to an end with another nice surprise.
“I’ve been feeling good about my golf swing for a while now, and the work I’ve been doing with Ramon [Bescansa], my putting coach, over the last few weeks has gotten me feeling a little bit more secure in that area, so just keep grinding away.”