Chris Kirk and Marcel Siem’s victories on the PGA Tour and DP World Tour are “heartwarming.”

Despite the animosity and division that plague professional golf, the PGA and DP World Tours’ heartwarming victories last week offer the sport much to be happy about.

After German veteran Marcel Siem broke an eight-year winless streak on the European Tour with his fifth triumph, American Chris Kirk ended a similar long run with a victory at the Honda Classic in Florida that was equally dramatic and significant.

Because this was the 37-year-first old’s tour victory in almost four years of sobriety, the victory did not bring the popping of champagne corks, but rather the quiet click of a celebratory diet cola.

After blowing a one-shot advantage, Kirk defeated 34-year-old rookie Eric Cole in a play-off at PGA National.

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