Notebook: Chris Kirk working out again with eye on long-term future

KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP) – Chris Kirk kept busy the last two months of the year off the golf course. The 30-year-old from Georgia is back in the gym.

“I always worked out in college and my first five years as a pro,” Kirk said. “It’s been lacking in the last three years since I had kids.”

Kirk has been spending time at SPARC, a sports performance center in Athens and is in the early stages of a program that is more geared toward the back end of his career than the 2016 season.

Recent history is enough to give him pause.

“When I stopped working out, I had the best year I ever had,” Kirk said with a laugh. “Then the following year I started working with Scott (Hamilton) and got my golf game efficient and I had that huge season a year ago. This year I played well, I just didn’t putt quite as well and my ball striking was so-so for the standard I set for myself. But I started thinking, `What am I going to be like 10 years from now?’

“Where I’m at now is fine,” he said. “But I need to start going in the other direction instead of further away from being fit.”

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