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PGA Golfer Announces He's Leaving The Tour To Deal With Alcohol Abuse

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A veteran PGA golfer announced this morning that he's taking an indefinite leave from the PGA Tour to deal with alcohol abuse and depression.

Chris Kirk, 33, announced on social media that he'll be takin a leave from professional golf.

"Tomorrow I will celebrate my 34th birthday but I have already begun a new and better chapter in my life. Thank you to my friends and family for being there for me," he writes.

Kirk, who played collegiately at Georgia, has four wins on the PGA Tour and two victories on the tour.

The former Bulldogs' golfer admitted that he's been dealing with alcohol abuse and depression for "some time now." He writes that he thought he could control it, but he's realized he needs to get outside help.

"I don't know when I will be back, but for now I need my full focus on being the man my family deserves."

Kirk was a part of Georgia's 2005 national title team and was given the Ben Hogan Award, which goes to college's best golfer, in 2007.

Our thoughts are with him and his family and we hope to see him back on the PGA Tour when he's ready.