In his 109th career PGA TOUR start and fifth tournament appearance, overnight leader Kevin Kisner fired a bogey-free, 6-under-par 30-34=64 in today's final round of The RSM Classic, shattering the tournament record by four at 22-under 260 and winning his maiden title by six over Kevin Chappell.
After opening in 65, 67 and 64, respectively, Kisner began the finale with a three-shot lead over Chappell, the 36-hole leader. Playing in the final threesome with Chappell and last week's winner Graeme McDowell, the Georgia Bulldog pushed the margin to four with birdie-3 at the second. He extended to five with back-to-back birdies at the par-4 fourth from 10'1" and the par-5 fifth from 15'1". Kisner went for the par-5 seventh in two and ended up in a waste area. He blasted out, chipped on, and then calmly dropping an 8'3" par putt to keep the momentum. He went back-to-back again at Nos. 8 and 9, the latter from 31'5", giving him seven one-putts over his first nine holes and six clear at the turn. The 31-year-old's final tally came via a two-putt birdie on the par-5 15th. Four times a runner-up, the breakthrough win gains Kisner exemptions into the 2016 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and PGA Championship.
Sun, Nov 22, 2015 04:49:00 PM