Golfer Chris Kirk won the Honda Classic Sunday, bringing him his first PGA Tour triumph in nearly eight years. But Kirk said the real victory is his sobriety, the support he’s received, and the “grace of God.”
“I owe everything that I have in my entire life to my sobriety,” Kirk said after his win. “I wouldn’t be doing this for living anymore, I probably wouldn’t have the family that I have currently anymore.”
The pro golfer, who is nearly four years sober, said he was “getting really close to losing everything” he cared about when his alcoholism came to a head.
Kirk, 37, said his ability to move past his struggles can be credited to the Lord and those who helped him along the way.
“For that to have happened and worked out for me, obviously, it was some decisions that I made, but mostly the grace of God,” he said. “And a lot of other people that really helped me along the way.”
In the end, Kirk said winning the Honda Classic is wonderful, but, in light of how far he’s come, it’s a “bonus” to the other blessings he has received.
Kirk, who took home $1,512,000 for securing his Sunday win, walked away from golf in 2019 amid struggles with alcoholism and depression, The Associated Press reported.
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