Kisner Proves He Can Win Again
Posted by: mike May 30th, 2017
By James McAfee
Just when many were questioning if Kevin Kisner could shake his bridesmaid role, he turned the trick on Sunday, holing a five-footer for a par on the 18th green at the Colonial County Club to win the Dean and DeLuca Invitational.
“You start questioning if you’re going to win again after a while,” Kisner admitted. “Everybody was questioning if I was ever going to win. Then I win, and then everybody questions if I was ever going to win again. But I knew the way I was playing I was going to give myself a ton of chances to win. That’s all you dream about, is having a chance coming down the last five holes. I’ve had that probably three or four times this year. It’s always fun, and you always handle it differently.”
It was Kisner’s second PGA Tour win, but he had to settle for a pair of seconds earlier this season at the Arnold Palmer Invitational and at the Zurich Classic, the latter when he was paired with Scott Brown. In addition, he finished second four other times in his career.
Kisner claimed the lead with three birdies to start the back nine and didn’t give it up in finishing a stroke in front of Jordan Spieth, Jon Rahm and Sean O’Hair with a 10-under-par 270 total.
“I’m happy to win any tournament, but especially here because I love this place,” Kisner said about the course known as Hogan’s Alley that requires accurate drives and approach shots.
Kisner led the field in number of fairways hit and was second in number of greens hit in regulation and then relied on his short game over the final 18 holes to get the job done, wisely using a putter from back of the 18th green to get close enough for his winning par putt.
Meanwhile, Spieth answered questions about the state of his game after missing the cuts in three of his last four starts. “I was just a few lip-outs from having a chance,” he said.
Rahm also had his chances, but narrowly missed some birdie putts on the closing nine, including a nine-footer on the final green.
James McAfee is currently the editor of the Knox County News-Courier in Texas. His articles also available at www.theaposition.com. Former editor with Golf Digest and numerous newspapers in Texas and a golf administrator for more than 20 years with the Northern Texas PGA and the Dallas District Golf Association.