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Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (31) / 2/15/1984
Ht / Wt:  5'10 / 165
College: University of Georgia

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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. Nov 22 - 4:49 PM

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Kevin Kisner hung up a field-low 7-under-par 33-31=64 in today's third round of The RSM Classic for a three-day total of 16-under 196, good for a three-shot lead over 36-hole leader Kevin Chappell.

Kisner is a four-time runner-up in 108 prior starts on the PGA TOUR. Three times last season in playoff losses, and solo second two weeks ago at the WGC-HSBC, where he co-lead after 54 holes. This week in Saint Simons Island, Georgia, he co-lead by one (over eight players) after 18 holes and now finds himself at the top of affairs through three rounds. After opening in bogey-free 65 and 67, the Georgia Bulldog began Saturday's play at 10-under (T2), one adrift of Chappell. Playing in the final threesome, he striped 12 (of 14) fairways, peppered 16 greens in regulation, and leads the field in strokes gained: total with a cumulative 8.503. The 31-year-old circled seven birdies on the card to offset a lone bogey at the par-4 14th. His first four par breakers traveled between six and 13 feet and after the dropped shot on 14, he responded with three straight to finish. Two of the final three were kick-ins from inside four feet before a 28'3" bomb on 18 dropped for the walk-off 3.
Nov 21 - 3:52 PM

Overnight leader Kevin Kisner answered his opening 65 at The RSM Classic with a 3-under-par 33-34=67 on Sea Island Resort’s Plantation Course in today’s second round to touch 10-under 132, one stroke off the 36-hole clubhouse lead.

Kisner bracketed a lone bogey (at the par-3 12th hole) with four birdies, so he settles for tipping his cap to Kevin Chappell atop the leaderboard. Kisner hit 13 greens in regulation and converted thrice from 15 feet and longer. The 15-footer dropped for par at the par-4 eighth hole. Two of his birdies ranged 16-18 feet.
Nov 20 - 3:25 PM

Kevin Kisner took it one lower than the rest of the field at The RSM Classic with a bogey-free, 7-under-par 33-32=65 in his opening round at Sea Island Resort's Plantation Course.

With lift, clean and place in effect today and coming off a solo second in his last start at the WGC-HSBC Champions, Kisner proved why he was a favorite for gamers this week, at least for one day. He piped 12 (of 14) fairways and hit 15 greens in regulation en route to five birdies and an eagle-3 at the eighth hole, the penultimate of his loop. From here forward, Kisner will play only Seaside where he's signed for red numbers in his last five rounds. He tied for fourth in this tournament last year as a result.
Nov 19 - 3:33 PM

Third-round co-leader Kevin Kisner turned in a 2-under-par 35-35=70 for his final round of the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions and hung up 18-under 270, but it was two strokes outside the winning pace of Russell Knox.

With so many non-winners peppering the leaderboard today, Kisner seemed as likely as any to collect his first hardware on the PGA TOUR. Instead, he was runner-up again. He infamously made news as a three-time playoff loser in 2015. Today, his fellow co-leader and playing partner, Knox, was just a little bit better even though Kisner totaled 12 (of 14) fairways and 15 greens in regulation today. Alas, he picked off only three birdies after opening with a bogey-5 at the first hole. For the week, he dropped only three shots with bogeys and rallied for 18 birdies. So, Sheshan International Golf Club turned over for the world-class field much more like it did in 2013 when Dustin Johnson won with a tournament-record 24-under 264 than when Bubba Watson emerged from last year's playoff after concluding regulation at 11-under 277. Meanwhile, Kisner remains winless in 108 PGA TOUR starts.
Nov 8 - 3:08 AM

Kevin Kisner ended Saturday's play at the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions in China with a one-shot lead after signing for a 2-under-par 35-35=70 in round three. UPDATE: Russell Knox birdied his last hole on Sunday morning to draw even with the American entering the final round.

In failing light, Kisner kept his nose in front with a par at 18 to post 16-under 200 and stay a stroke in front of Dustin Johnson, Hao Tong Li and Russell Knox. Jordan Spieth lurks just two shots further back after a 63. However, Kisner could still be usurped as the 54-hole leader after Knox chose not to play the final hole with Sheshan International Golf Club descending into near darkness. The Scot will return on his own early tomorrow morning to finish off. Kisner mixed two birdies and a bogey over his opening four holes and fell back to even par for the day after dropping another shot at 10. But after losing his lead to Knox, Kisner got it back with successive birdies at 15 and 16. He split 12 (of 14) fairways today but put pressure on his short game by hitting only 10 greens in regulation. It stood the test though and so far this week he's 17-for-19 in scrambling.
Nov 7 - 4:22 AM

With a two-putt birdie at the par-5 18th hole, Kevin Kisner polished off a bogey-free, 6-under-par 32-34=66 in today's second round of the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions and logged 14-under 130 at the break, good for a two-stroke lead entering the weekend.

Thanks to 11-for-11 scrambling stats, he hasn't dropped a shot yet at Sheshan International Golf Club, but he's dropped 14 birdies to set the halfway pace in Shanghai. Today's loop featured six birdies, of course, including three consecutively on his outward nine. We came to love his swagger in the heart of the season in 2014-15, so you'd be hard-pressed to find someone -- not in the field -- who's rooting against the 31-year-old. His no-nonsense personality masks what has evolved into tremendously balanced attack. Like a handful in pursuit, Kisner is gunning to become the fourth first-time winner in as many tournament to open the new season. After needing just 24 putts for the second day running, the American said, "I made a couple of long putts for par today to keep the no bogey streak going. I'm sure I'll run into some problems sooner or later. I just hope I can keep holing those putts for par and keep the pedal down."
Nov 6 - 2:14 AM

Kevin Kisner dropped eight birdies en route to a bogey-free, 8-under-par 32-32=64 in today's opening round of the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions and finished with sole possession of the clubhouse lead.

With a trio of playoff losses in 2014-15, Kisner was a favorite among gamers in most drafts that don't use salary as a measuring stick. He opened the new season with a T25 in Vegas before quietly making the trip to Malaysia for a T37. Today, he found birdies on three of the par 5s, including the ninth hole where he walked off. Overall, he split nine (of 14) fairways and hit 14 greens in regulation. Today's is his lowest aggregate since he concluded regulation at The Greenbrier Classic with the same. It also matches his career low in 337 rounds. It's the seventh time that Kisner has submitted the score.
Nov 5 - 1:07 AM

Kevin Kisner takes his first crack at the Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club as he makes his CIMB Classic tournament debut.

Kisner is in the top-quarter of the 78-man field this week in the Official World Golf Ranking, entering at No. 34 in OWGR. The two-time Tour grad (2010, 2013) is coming off a breakout season on the PGA TOUR recording 10 top 25s on 30 starts, six for top 10s. Three of those were heartbreaking playoff losses at the RBC Heritage, THE PLAYERS and The Greenbrier Classic, becoming the first player to lose three playoffs in a season since Horton Smith in 1937. He ended the season a career-best 21st in the FedExCup standings after making it all the way to the TOUR Championship where he unfortunately finished DFL of 28 players at 18-over 298 (76-77-72-73). The 31-year-old opened his fifth season on TOUR with a T25 at last week's Shriners where he finished T14 in birdies (19) and T8 in bogeys (8), but also swallowed two doubles. He did however, birdie three of his final four holes.
Oct 27 - 2:28 PM

Kevin Kisner makes his fifth overall FedExCup Playoffs appearance this week but first at the TOUR Championship and enters the season finale 18th in the FEC standings.

Kisner hasn't won this season on 29 starts, but he's come close three times, bursting on the scene in doing so. Entering this season he was a relative unknown, posting a career-best T6 (2014/Wells Fargo) in 75 career events. Things changed in his 90th career start when P2 at the RBC Heritage. Two events later, he went P2 at THE PLAYERS and his obscurity vanished. Then three starts later he went P2 yet again, this time at the Greenbrier. The 33-year-old has come back to earth of late, but has posted a pair of T20s (T20, Barclays; T12, Deutsche Bank) in the first two legs of the postseason. He went T41 last week at the BMW but did close in 5-under 66.
Sep 23 - 11:08 AM

Kevin Kisner hung up a bogey-free 5-under-par 33-33=66 in today's third round of his Deutsche Bank Championship debut to reach the three-quarter mark at 5-under 208, up 23 spots on the live leaderboard.

Incidentally, Kisner shot 5-under (65) in the third round last week at The Barclays for T7 after 54 holes, but closed in a disappointing 73 to crater to T20. He'll be looking for better final-round results this week after today's blemish-free effort on Moving Day at TPC Boston. Kisner began his loop at even-par (T42) and a distant 12 off the pace. He opened with six consecutive pars prior to circling three straight on Nos. 7-9, highlighted by a 21-footer at the par-3 eighth. After the break, he added back-to-back circles on 14 and 15, each from inside five feet. A one-putt par at the last secured the spotless card. It was the last of six greens missed, but nary a dropped shot for the 31-year-old who went 6-for-6 in scrambling.
Sep 6 - 2:05 PM

Kevin Kisner enjoyed a 5-under-par 32-33=65 in the third round of The Barclays to post 7-under 203, good for a share of the 54-hole clubhouse lead with Carlos Ortiz.

Kisner began Moving Day at 2-under (T24) and five off the pace. On his round, he striped 11 (of 14) fairways and landed 13 greens in regulation, converting on six for 1.538 putts per GIR. The 31-year-old penciled four on the card from outside 10 feet, including from 11'5" at the par-5 16th, 14'11" at the par-3 11th, and a long of 16'7" at the par-4 second. His lone blemish was the result of a failed sand save at the par-3 third. After finishing 104th last year in his FedExCup Playoffs debut, Kisner entered this week ranked 17th in the FEC standings on the strength of three, runner-up finishes, all playoff losses, on 26 starts to the season.
Aug 29 - 3:54 PM

Kevin Kisner logged a 3-under-par 36-31=67 in today's opening round of The Barclays, finishing two strokes adrift of the overnight lead.

Since a remarkable run of form over the spring and early summer, Kisner has been silenced to no better than a T35 (Deere) among only two paydays in his last four starts. He's 17th in the FedExCup standings, so one solid performance in the first three events of the Playoffs should shore up a spot in the finale. It looked somewhat bleak early today at Plainfield where he was 2-over through 10 holes despite a birdie from 13'7" at the par-4 seventh hole. But he flipped the switch and birdied five of his last eight. The inward conversions included birdies from 21'7" and 15'6" at Nos. 11 and 13, respectively, as well as a par save from 17'5" at the par-4 17th.
Aug 27 - 7:46 PM

Kevin Kisner looks to rebound at this week's World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio.

Kisner will be making his WGC-Bridgestone debut this week. His streak of nine straight top 40s was cut short when he packed his bags early at the Open Championship. The weather and course layout at St. Andrews was an entirely different brand of golf, so perhaps we can forgive Kisner and give him another shot this week at Firestone Country Club.
Aug 5 - 8:39 AM

Kevin Kisner hung up a 6-under-par 32-32=64 in today's final round of The Greenbrier Classic to put 13-under 267 on the board and then was eliminated on the first hole of sudden death by eventual champion Danny Lee.

Kisner, twice a runner-up in 2015 already, missed a 16'8" birdie chance at the last to win in regulation and would subsequently be involved in a four-man playoff with Robert Streb, Danny Lee and David Hearn to decide the champion. Kisner airmailed the first playoff hole (par-3 18th) and took several swipes to reach the green. Lee and Hearn matched birdies to eliminate Kisner and Streb. Kisner began his final frame at 7-under (T17) and four strokes back. He circled seven par breakers on the round, joining the lead at 12-under after birdie on the 15th (his sixth of the day) and taking the outright lead at the 17th rolling in his longest conversion from 15 feet 10 inches. Kisner concluded the tournament at a cumulative 9.389 strokes gained: total, T1 in that stat on the week. The 31-year-old, who hadn't made the weekend in three prior Greenbrier appearances, adds his third runner-up finish of the season and is still looking for his first PGA TOUR title (97th career start).
Jul 5 - 4:21 PM