Kirk claims Viking for first PGA victory

July 17, 2011 at 7:07 PM

MADISON, Miss., July 17 (UPI) -- Chris Kirk earned his first PGA Tour victory Sunday, posting a 4-under-par 68 to best Tom Pernice Jr. and George McNeill in the Viking Classic.

Kirk finished at 22-under 266, carding six birdies and two bogeys to become the fifth rookie to win on the tour this season, joining Jhonattan Vegas, Charl Schwartzel, Brendan Steele and Keegan Bradley.

It was his third win as a professional -- Kirk had took a pair of Nationwide Tour victories last year.

He edged both Pernice (67) and McNeill (68) by a single stroke.

Pernice just missed his first PGA Tour win since 2001 while McNeill's four birdies weren't quite enough for the victory.

Sharing fourth place were Bud Cauley (67), Hunter Haas (68) and Jim Renner (68) at 20-under 268.

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