Tag Archives: Kevin Kisner

May
1
2017

It took 76 holes, with four extra on Monday morning to determine the winning duo at the weather-delayed Zurich Classic of New Orleans, but it was worth the wait, particularly for Cameron Smith, the only one of the four who had yet to secure a victory on the PGA Tour. And it was even more fitting that he clinched the win, holing a knee-knocker three-footer for birdie.

In the inaugural year of the event’s team format, the duos of Jonas Blixt/Cameron Smith and Kevin Kisner/Scott Brown went into extra holes on Monday morning after Kisner’s thrilling chip-in for eagle on the final hole in regulation on Sunday evening.

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May
1
2017

Pardon the language in the headline, but it was the first word that came to mind and seemed rather appropriate when a player knows he needs to chip-in for eagle in order to force a playoff on the final hole in the final round and successfully comes through in the clutch in a do-or-die situation.

That’s exactly what Kevin Kisner did at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans — which marked the first official PGA Tour event to feature a team format (foursomes, aka alternate shot, in the first and third rounds and four-ball, aka best ball, in the second and fourth rounds) in 36 years.

Badass. Baller. Clutch. Gutsy. Legend. Epic. Take your pick. It was all of those things and more.

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Sep
23
2016

Nerves, passion and strong emotions are already running high amongst the 30 players in the field at East Lake — and no, unfortunately, these feelings aren’t necessarily inspired by the absolutely thrilling Tour Championship after the first round, and the kinda tacky $10-million FedExCup prize to the winner of the year-long contest. It’s all about next week’s Ryder Cup at Hazeltine in Minnesota, just outside Minneapolis. And it’s already getting all Mean Girls!

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Jul
30
2016

Saturday at the PGA Championship was basically just about a total wash-out, with only 37 out of 86 players posting scores in the third round. At around 2:15pm, the horn sounded across Baltusrol GC, suspending play for what turned out to be the rest of the day. However, it was not officially called until 5:46pm — which was frustrating for everyone from the media to the players and the caddies, especially since it seemed clear that would be the case hours earlier.

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Jan
9
2016
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

Hey, golf fans, great news: You can watch the NFL playoff games this weekend without worrying that you’re missing much at Kapalua’s Plantation Course, thanks to Jordan Spieth. The 2015 Masters and U.S. Open champion opened up a four-shot lead at the halfway mark of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions after firing a nine-under 64 to follow up his effort of 64 the day earlier.

It appears Spieth is starting 2016 right where he left off in 2015: Winning.

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Nov
23
2015

Ever since the RBC Heritage this past April, Kevin Kisner has been one of the most consistent players on the PGA Tour. His name regularly appeared on leaderboards — he was a top-10 machine (a la Matt Kuchar in recent years) — and he started contending as much as any top pro on tour.

Over the past seven months, Kisner found himself in three playoffs — none of which he won, unfortunately — and recorded four runner-up finishes. To say he was continuously “knocking on the door” is somewhat of an understatement. But he never let the close calls and/or disappointments weigh on him. Instead, Kisner kept gaining confidence, knowing that his day would come.

And it did. At long last, Kisner, who entered the final round of the RSM Classic — the last Tour event of 2015 — with a three-shot lead, sealed the deal with an impressive runaway victory, shooting a tournament total 22-under, by six shots over Kevin Chappell.

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Jun
20
2015
By Stephanie Wei under US Open

You know how the saying goes: Beware of the sick golfer. A day after collapsing on the 9th hole at Chambers Bay — his 18th in round two — due to vertigo, Jason Day impressed by simply attempting to play the third round of the U.S. Open. Day, who was clearly not feeling his best as he gingerly bent over to tee his ball up and retrieve it from the hole, not only completed all 18 holes; he posted an unbelievable two-under 68 to grab a four-wqy share of the 54-hole lead at four-under for the championship.

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Jun
17
2015

Thank God, it’s finally Wednesday evening the first tee ball will be struck in less than 12 hours. I don’t know about you, but I’m fatigued with all the pre-tourney hype and all the unknowns of this unprecedented U.S. Open at Chambers Bay — long hitters will have an advantage, but wait, they may not; good iron players will play well or maybe not; great lag putters will perform well or perhaps not; and so on and so forth. You get the point.

Either way, I spoke with a bunch of players about their thoughts on the course. I also walked with Matt Every, Billy Horschel, Charley Hoffman and Steve Marino in their practice round on the back nine Wednesday afternoon (which took three friggin’ hours because the group ahead of them ).

Here’s what I’ve learned the past couple of days, along with some interesting tidbits. Read on, my friends.

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May
10
2015

As cliche as it may be, timing is everything, isn’t it? Earlier in the week, in an anonymous survey conducted by Sports Illustrated, PGA Tour pros labeled Rickie Fowler (and Ian Poulter) as the most overrated players in golf, with both receiving 24% of the vote.

Fowler responded by winning the Tour’s flagship event, the Players Championship, in a playoff against Sergio Garcia and Kevin Kisner.

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