Chris Kirk played college golf at the University of Georgia and was a member of their 2005 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championship team along with Kevin Kisner, Richard Scott and Brendon Todd.
Kirk turned professional in 2007. He played on the Nationwide Tour from 2008 to 2010. He won the Fort Smith Classic and the Knoxville News Sentinel Open in 2010. Kirk finished second on the 2010 Nationwide Tour money list to earn his 2011 PGA Tour card. Early in the season, he finished second to Phil Mickelson at the Shell Houston Open.
Kirk won his first PGA Tour event in 2011, the Viking Classic, which was played the same weekend as The Open Championship. The victory automatically qualified him for the 2011 PGA Championship, where he finished T34.
Kirk earned his second win at the 2013 McGladrey Classic.