Chris Kirk survives roller-coaster finish to win

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Briny Baird watches his ball after hitting from the second tee during the final round of the McGladrey Classic golf tournament on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013, in St. Simons Island, Ga. (AP Photo/Stephen Morton)
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ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. (AP) — A wild back nine for Chris Kirk ended with a victory in the McGladrey Classic on Sunday.

Kirk closed with a 4-under 66 and received plenty of help from Briny Baird. They were tied for the lead playing the 18th hole at Sea Island when Baird topped a 4-iron out of a fairway bunker into the water hazard. Kirk had only to make par for a one-shot win over Baird and Tim Clark.

Baird earlier was poised to go as many as three shots ahead of Kirk on the 15th hole. But he three-putted for par, and Kirk saved par from the hazard with a 20-foot par putt. Kirk caught him with a 15-foot birdie on the 17th.

The win sends Kirk to the Masters for the first time.

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