Chris Kirk won the Honda Classic Sunday but says that the victory is only part of the “bonus” he has received. He credits the “grace of God” and “sobriety” for putting him where he is now.
“I owe everything that I have in my entire life to my sobriety,” the golf champ said in a candid interview after his win. “I wouldn’t be doing this for living anymore, I probably wouldn’t have the family that I have currently anymore.”
He added that he got really close to losing everything if it were not for his decision to fight his alcoholism and depression and the grace of God that carried him through.“For that to have happened and worked out for me, obviously, it was some decisions that I made, but mostly the grace of God. And a lot of other people that really helped me along the way.”
It was in 2019 when Chris decided to end his struggle with alcohol and depression while taking a step back from golf. Since then, he has been sober. And after four years, the pro-golfer finally achieved his first PGA Tour triumph.
But, for Chris, the trophy is just an additional benefit he received from his sobriety. “It’s pretty easy for me to see that winning the Honda Classic is kind of a bonus … when literally every good thing I have in my life I owe to that,” he said.
“I’m so grateful for my sobriety, I’m so grateful for my family, I’m so grateful for everyone that has supported me throughout the past three or four years.”
When asked how he would celebrate his win without alcohol, Chris jokingly replied he’d have a Diet Coke. He added, “It’ll be a lot of celebrating, and I thank God that alcohol won’t be a part of it.”
Header Image: Chris Kirk [@chris_kirk], Instagram, 27 Feb 2023, https://www.instagram.com/p/CpJuvbkNGfm/?hl=en