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Kevin Kisner

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (34) / 2/15/1984
Ht / Wt:  5'10 / 165

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World No. 29 Kevin Kisner labored to a 1-over-par 36-37=73 in the third round of the Memorial Tournament and at 1-over 217, will not have a Sunday tee time.
A total of 81 players made the 36-hole cut of even-par 144 so a second cut of low 70 and ties took place after 54 holes and fell on even-par 216, leaving 73 players. After opening with 70-74, Kisner was one of 13 players to make the cut on the number. On 10 (of 14) fairways and 12 greens in regulation, he outbalanced three birdies with four bogeys, losing 1.110 strokes tee-to-green and 0.717 on-the-green. The 34-year-old, who had two top 10s here in four prior visits, including T6 last year, totaled 10 birdies versus 11 bogeys and ranked 74th (of 81) in SG: Approach (-3.012). Joining him on the bench for R4 are: 217- Yuta Ikeda; Adam Hadwin; Patton Kizzire; John Senden .. 218- Rod Pampling .. 223- Robert Streb .. 225- Sam Burns. Jun 2 - 6:13 PM

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Kevin Kisner connected on his second PGA TOUR victory during last year's Fort Worth Invitational and he returns this week for another crack at Colonial Country Club.

The Georgia Bulldog was positioned at T7-T1-T4 during last year's event before firing a closing 4-under 66 to earn top honors, beating out three others that finished at 9-under 271. Kisner gained a remarkable 4.13 strokes around-the-green over the course of the week including 3.43 strokes in the third round alone, buoyed by a pair of hole outs. It seemed to be a different area of the game carrying him each day as he gained 4.19 strokes putting in R1 and 2.84 strokes on approach in R2. He's a natural fit for this classic design and he left breadcrumbs before his win (T5 in 2015 and T10 in 2016). The only downside is that Kisner arrives in poor form. Before his win last year, Kisner averaged 3 strokes gained tee-to-green in his five lead-up starts. This year he is averaging -1.2 strokes gained tee-to-green, over his last five starts. This looks like a classic case of course history versus form. The poor form makes him a risky option but the course history makes him a high-upside play.
May 22 - 11:39 AM

In alternate-shot action at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, overnight leaders Kevin Kisner and Scott Brown ballooned to a 5-over-par 36-41=77 in the final round, tumbling 14 spots to T15 on 15-under 273, a distant seven in arrears of champions Billy Horschel and Scott Piercy, who shot bogey-free 67.

This one's going to sting for awhile, particularly after losing in a four-hole playoff in last year's inaugural team edition. After opening with 62-70-64, the Aiken, South Carolina, resident's began with a one-shot lead over two teams, three clear of Horschel/Piercy. It started off swimmingly with a Brown birdie at hole 1 from 17'8" and saved a par 5 at the second despite a Kisner tee-ball OB. They squared the third and seventh, sandwiching a Kisner birdie at 4 (from 11'3"), and the duo turned in level-par, now T3 and two back. In was all downhill from there, however, playing their final nine in birdie-less 5-over, squaring bogeys at 12, 15 and 18, and eating double bogey-6 at 16 after a Kisner drive into the water. In all fairness, this could've been worse, considering they made three par-savers from between seven and 11 feet.
Apr 29 - 8:12 PM

In Four-ball action at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, World No. 24 Kevin Kisner and World No. 154 Scott Brown fashioned an 8-under-par 31-33=64 in the third round to reach 20-under 196, good for a one-shot lead over two teams, including Tony Finau and Daniel Summerhays, who they'll be grouped with in the final round.

Beginning the day one shot back and playing out of the final group with overnight leaders Michael Kim and Andrew Putnam, the Aiken, South Carolina, resident's outpaced bogey-5s at 12 and 15 with 10 birdies. Brown contributed just three of those to the team score, two with birdie-3s at 1 and 4 (from 22'0"), and a walk-off birdie-4 at 18 after splashing his bunker shot from 53'10" away to 22 inches. Kisner, who actually recorded the above-mentioned bogeys, carded the other seven circles, including four from between 13 and 27 feet. Last year, the duo was T2 thru 54 holes and fired a day- and week-tying-low 60 (best ball) out the final group with eventual winners Jonas Blixt and Cameron Smith, succumbing in extra time. With the revised format this year, they'll have to cross the finish line on Sunday playing alternate shot.
Apr 28 - 6:40 PM

In alternate-shot action at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, World No. 24 Kevin Kisner and World No. 154 Scott Brown fashioned a 2-under-par 34-36=70 in Round 2 for a 36-hole tally of 12-under 132, up one spot on the live leaderboard to T2, one short of clubhouse leaders Michael Kim and Andrew Putnam.

Last year's runners-up via a playoff loss sat T14 thru 36 holes on 10-under, considerably higher on the board this year though just two swings better. They kicked off with 10-under 62 (best ball) and chased with a three-birdie, one-bogey effort on Day 2. Beginning off No. 10 tee, Kisner rammed in a 29-footer for birdie-3 before the duo squared a lone bogey-4 at 17 (failed scramble) to turn level-par. After the break, it was Kisner-magic again, draining a birdie-bomb at 3 from 22'3" and capped their scoring with a hole-out birdie-4 at 7 from 42'11" away. Not to be left out, Brown did prevent further blemishes, brushing in three par-savers from between five and 10 feet.
Apr 27 - 3:07 PM

Kevin Kisner returns to the Zurich Classic of New Orleans and pairs up again with Scott Brown, heading out in Round 1 at 1:23 PM local time.

The Aiken, South Carolina, resident's teamed up in last year's inaugural (team) edition and lost in a 4-hole, sudden-death playoff in an unscheduled Monday finish. They were T2 thru 54 holes, four back of leaders Cameron Smith and Jonas Blixt, and fired a day- and week-tying-low 10-under 60 to force extra time. Kisner did most of the heavy lifting, including six straight birdies (on his own ball) at holes 2-7. The duo turned in 28, now two clear of Smith/Blixt. After a Brown birdie at 10 and a Kisner birdie at 11, they fell flat with six straight pars, now down one heading to the last. Smith birdied, seemingly for the win, but Kisner improbably pitched in from 94'6" away for eagle-3, his third hole out of the round. Similar to last year, Kisner enters this week in-form (7-28-2) while Brown does not (MC-MC-76/MDF-MC).
Apr 25 - 7:53 PM

World No. 25 Kevin Kisner sleepwalked to a 1-over-par 36-36=72 in the final round of the RBC Heritage, dipping one place to T7 on 9-under 275.

This was the South Carolinian's sixth RBC, fifth top 25 and second top 10, joining a playoff loss in 2015. He improves to 8-for-11 on the season with five top 25s and three top 10s. After opening in 69-68-66, the Georgia alum began T6, three short of leader Ian Poulter. Playing out of the penultimate threesome, he mustered seven (of 14) fairways and hit 11 greens in regulation, losing 1.421 strokes off-the-tee. The 34-year-old conjured one birdie, a 23-footer at the par-4 eighth, outbalanced by bogey-5s at 1 and 10 (tee ball in the water). He posted a dismal 1.909 putts per GIR and -0.779 SG: Putting with 29 total putts.
Apr 15 - 6:00 PM

World No. 25 Kevin Kisner styled a 5-under-par 35-31=66 on Moving Day at the 50th RBC Heritage, up 17 spots on the live leaderboard to T4 on 10-under 203, good for the early 54-hole clubhouse lead and tying the low round of the day with three others. UPDATE: At the end of play, Kisner is T6, three back of leader Ian Poulter.

The Aiken, South Carolina, native and resident has a runner-up here, a playoff loss in 2015, and has runner-up this season, losing to Bubba Watson in the Match Play Finals 7-and-6. He followed that with a T28 at the Masters, his ninth made cut in a row in majors. After opening his sixth RBC in 69-68, the Georgia alum began T21 on 5-under, two short of the overnight top 10. He found 11 (of 14) fairways and 12 greens in regulation, gaining 0.791 strokes off-the-tee and 1.894 around-the-green. The 34-year-old squared a lone bogey-5 at hole 6, outpaced by five conventional birdies at 2, 5, 10, 16 and 18 (from 10'7"), adding a hole-out 3 at the par-4 12th from 54'6" away. He posted 1.583 putts per GIR and 0.926 SG: Putting with 25 total putts. Kisner is looking to become just the second South Carolinian to win the Heritage, joining Wesley Bryan, who did it on debut as a TOUR rookie last year.
Apr 14 - 4:21 PM

32-seed Kevin Kisner got thumped by 35-seed Bubba Watson 7-and-6 in the Finals of the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play but leaves with a season-best solo 2nd, his seventh runner-up in 169 career events and second top 10 in 11 WGCs, both runners-up (2nd, 2016 HSBC). UPDATE: Kisner jumps 11 spots to 25th in OWGR.

In the all Georgia alum final, Kisner never factored, losing five straight holes from the get-go -- three with bogeys and one with a concession -- and six of the first seven. He won just one hole, the par-3 11th with birdie from 34'6", but the festivities would (mercifully) end one hole later Watson's birdie-4. The 34-year-old, a pre-tourney 100/1 outright, was a surprise participant in the Finals. His overall Dell Match Play record is now 8-4-1, including a 5-1-1 mark this week, but had zero form entering. The South Carolinian arrived off three missed cuts in his last four starts and a 29th at the no-cut WGC-Mexico. This is his second top 10 of the season in nine starts, first since a T4 the RSM back in October (his season-opener). Kisner easily records his best Dell finish in three tries (each at Austin CC) and is getting progressively better (T17/2017; T38/2016).
Mar 25 - 7:23 PM

In semifinal-action at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, 32-seed Kevin Kisner outlasted 13-seed Alex Noren in 19 holes and advances to the Finals Match against 35-seed and fellow Georgia alum Bubba Watson.

The 34-year-old improves to 5-0-1 (same as Watson) while Noren drops to 5-1-0 and to the 3rd-Place Match against 2-seed Justin Thomas. Kisner is eyeing his third PGA TOUR title (169 events) and first WGC win in 11 tries. This duel was all square thru 16 holes with neither player taking more than a 1 UP advantage. Noren had a golden chance to go 1 UP at the par-3 17th but missed birdie from 10'5". The Swede had another chance to win with a walk-off birdie at 18 from 7'4", but missed again. Kisner twice fought back from 1 DOWN deficits, including winning the par-5 12th with a 51'5" eagle-bomb. He would go on to win the match on the same hole in extra time, draining a 5'1" birdie while Noren missed his from 10'9". Both players were the equivalent of 5-under-par (for 18 holes).
Mar 25 - 2:38 PM

32-seed Kevin Kisner booted 58-seed Ian Poulter 8-and-6 in the Quarterfinals of the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play and will face off against 13-seed Alex Noren on Sunday morning.

The 34-year-old improves to 4-0-1 and moves to the Semifinals against Noren (5-0-0). Poulter, the 2010 champ at Dove Mtn., exits with a 4-1-0 record for a T5 in his first visit to Austin CC. It's Poulter's first top 10 of the season in seven starts and first since solo 3rd at the 2017 RBC Canadian Open last July. Kisner made sure the Englishman's finish wasn't any better, the beatdown the most lopsided of any match this week. He took a 1 UP lead with a par win at hole 3 and didn't look back, not losing a single hole. The Georgia alum won each of the next four holes, two of those with birdies, and won the ninth with birdie-3, now 6 UP. He won the 10th with par and a conceded hole at the 12th would end the festivities.
Mar 24 - 5:27 PM

32-seed Kevin Kisner outlasted past champion and 16-seed Matt Kuchar 1 UP in Round of 16 action at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play and moves on to face 58-seed Ian Poulter.

The 34-year-old, a group stage exit the last two years, improves to 3-0-1 while Kuchar, the 2013 winner at Dove Mtn., departs with a 2-1-1 record. Kisner, a surprise winner out of Group 1, led for 16 holes today against Kuchar and never trailed. He went 1 UP with birdie-3 at No. 1 (from 14'1"), lost the second with bogey and won the third with birdie-3. The Georgia alum went 2 UP with a par win at 4, lost the fifth to Kuchar's first birdie, and the duel stayed that way thru 13 holes, including matching circles at 11, 12 and 13. He took a 2 UP lead with birdie-3 at 14 (19'2"), lost the 15th to Kuchar's birdie, and lost the 17th with bogey, now all square. The South Carolinian walked off with a mid-range birdie winner after Kuchar had missed his try from a little further away.
Mar 24 - 1:58 PM

32-seed Kevin Kisner defeated an already eliminated 1-seed and defending champ Dustin Johnson 4-and-3 in Round 3 on Friday at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play and moves on to the Round of 16, where he'll face Group 16 winner and 16-seed Matt Kuchar.

The 34-year-old wins Group 1 with a 2-0-1 record while Johnson, undefeated last year, goes winless (0-3-0). This is his third appearance and first weekend action after a Group Stage exit last year with a 2-1-0 record for a T17. The Georgia alum never trailed in his match against the top-ranked player in the world, quickly moving to a 2 UP lead thru two holes. He went 3 UP with birdie-3 at 5, his third circle on the day, and 4 UP with a par win at 6. Johnson battled back to 2 DOWN with wins at 8 and 10, the latter just his second birdie of the round, but Kisner won the 11th with par and moved back to 4 UP with birdie-3 at 14. The festivities, mercifully for Johnson, ended one hole later.
Mar 23 - 8:14 PM

Kevin Kisner got on the birdie train early, leading to a 5-and-4 stomping of Bernd Wiesberger during round two of the WGC-Match Play, giving Kisner a two-day tally of 1.5 points (1-0-1) which puts him in a share of the lead in Group 1 heading into Friday.

Kisner halved his opening match against Adam Hadwin but today he was tough to match. Opening the day with birdies in five of the first six holes, Kisner found himself 3-up thru 6. The longest of those conversions came from 19'8" at the par-4 third hole. The Georgia Bulldog would coast from there, picking up two more holes before the match ended after 14. With 1.5 points to his credit, Kisner will now take on his old amateur foe, Dustin Johnson in round three.
Mar 22 - 4:16 PM

Kevin Kisner moves to the Arnold Palmer Invitational at the Bay Hill Club & Lodge this week looking to make another cut.

Kisner missed the cut in each of his February events, but he rebounded nicely with a 29th-place showing at the WGC-Mexico Championship. He would have been even better in Mexico if not for his final-round 74 which sent him tumbling down the leaderboard. He isn't a bomber off the tee, but his accuracy serves him well. He ranks eighth in Driving Accuracy Percentage (69.97) and 24th in GIR (70.22 percent). Kisner is also 35th in Par 5 Scoring (4.58), and if he continues success in that area he'll be a contender come Sunday.
Mar 14 - 8:55 PM