Golfer Chris Kirk Announces Leave Due To Depression, Alcohol Abuse

By Maggie Ethridge 05/13/19

The celebrated golfer took to Twitter to share the news with his fans. 

Golfer Chris Kirk
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Golfer Chris Kirk announced that he is on indefinite leave from the PGA Tour so that he may address depression and alcohol abuse issues.

Like many celebrities, Kirk used social media to share the news personally with his followers. On his Twitter account, Kirk shared a brightly colored announcement with the preface, "I have already begun a new and better chapter in my life. Thank you to my friends and family for being there for me."

The announcement itself said, "I have dealt with alcohol abuse and depression for some time now. I thought I could control it, but after multiple relapses, I have come to realize that I can't fix this on my own. I will be taking an indefinite leave from the PGA Tour to deal with these issues. I don't know when I will be back, but for now I need my full focus on being the man my family deserves. Thank you for your support."

Kirk debuted in the PGA Tour in 2011, after playing golf at the University of Georgia.

His career has been full of success, including four PGA Tour wins, with the most recent in May 2015 at Colonial. He won twice on the Nationwide Tour.

After Kirk’s straightforward Twitter announcement, he was flooded with well wishes from fans and fellow golfers. Kirk’s own father replied, “Son, of all the things that you have done and achieved that made me proud of you, the courage that it took for you to take this battle public is on a different scale of proud for me. I love you, your family loves you, and we will support you forever. You got this!”

Fellow PGA Tour golfer Brendon Todd tweeted in reply, “The hard times make the good times great. The next 34 will be better than the last 34. I’m here for you. You got this!”

CBS golf analyst Peter Kostis tweeted his support, “Everyone you meet is fighting a battle about which you know absolutely nothing.... so be kind. Best of luck and get yourself well.... you're a good person.”

Chris Kirk tweeted the next day in response to the positive words, "The outpouring of love and support I have received today has been more than I could have ever imagined. Thank you to everyone for taking the time out of your day to share your personal stories and words of encouragement.”

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Maggie May Ethridge is the author of Atmospheric Disturbances: Scenes From a Marriage (Shebooks, 2014) and the recently completed novel, Agitate My Heart. She is a freelance writer published in Rolling Stone, VOX, Washington Post, The Guardian and many others. Find her at her blog Flux Capacitor or on LinkedIn or Twitter.