DUBLIN, Ohio -- Other than being a placekicker or punter, golf is one of the tougher professional sports gigs for somebody with a nagging foot injury. Every day at work includes a long walk over decidedly uneven terrain.
Promising rookie Chris Kirk has a cyst on his right foot that was giving him plenty of trouble, so last month, he started wearing a new soft-soled shoe made by Footjoy called the Street.
Pretty easy to tell where the name was derived: His shoes look like a pair of black, Chuck Taylor lowtop basketball shoes with soft spikes added on the bottom. They are made of leather, not canvas, however.
"It's the best I have felt since about 2009," he said.
It shows. Kirk shot a 2-under 70 to continue a strong freshman campaign that includes two top-10 finishes and a spot at No. 47 on the money list. He's possibly locked up his card for 2012 with more than $800,000 in earnings, in fact.
Last week's event at the Byron Nelson was an exception. Kirk was disqualified for signing an incorrect card after absent-mindedly writing down a par on his last hole, when he made a bogey five.
"I hit it in the water and a bunker on that hole," he said. "So I don't know why the heck I thought I had made a four."