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Kevin James Kisner (born February 15, 1984) is an American professional golfer who plays on the PGA Tour.

Kevin Kisner
Personal information
Full nameKevin James Kisner
Born (1984-02-15) February 15, 1984 (age 35)
Aiken, South Carolina
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight165 lb (75 kg; 11.8 st)
Nationality United States
ResidenceAiken, South Carolina
SpouseBrittany (nėe DeJarnett, m. 2012)
ChildrenKathleen, Henry James
Career
CollegeUniversity of Georgia
Turned professional2006
Current tour(s)PGA Tour
European Tour
Former tour(s)Web.com Tour
Professional wins9
Highest ranking14 (January 17, 2016)[1]
(as of November 10, 2019)
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour3
Korn Ferry Tour2
Other4
Best results in major championships
Masters TournamentT21: 2019
PGA ChampionshipT7: 2017
U.S. OpenT12: 2015
The Open ChampionshipT2: 2018

Early lifeEdit

Kisner was born in Aiken, South Carolina. He played college golf at the University of Georgia and was a member of their 2005 NCAA Division I Championship team along with Chris Kirk, Richard Scott, and Brendon Todd. After graduating in 2006, he turned professional.

Professional careerEdit

Kisner played on the mini-tours (NGA Hooters Tour and Tarheel Tour) from 2007 to 2009, winning three times. He also played in six Nationwide Tour events in 2009. He played the Nationwide Tour full-time in 2010, winning once at the Mylan Classic. He finished the year 11th on the money list and earned his 2011 PGA Tour card.

Kisner failed to earn enough money on the PGA Tour in 2011 to retain his card (181st on money list), but finished T-11 at qualifying school to earn his card for 2012. He again failed to retain his card, finishing 167th on the money list, and missed earning a card in qualifying school by one stroke. He returned to (the now renamed) Web.com Tour in 2013 and won the Chile Classic in March. He finished 13th on the 2013 Web.com Tour regular season money list to earn his 2014 PGA Tour card.

In 2014, Kisner finished sixth at the Wells Fargo Championship, eighth at the Wyndham Championship and ninth at the RBC Canadian Open.

During the 2015 PGA Tour, Kisner finished runner-up three times, losing all three in sudden-death playoffs. He was defeated at the 2015 RBC Heritage after losing on the second hole of the playoff to Jim Furyk.[2] Kisner would go on to finish tied with Sergio García and Rickie Fowler at The Players Championship event in May after 72 holes, losing to Fowler on the first hole of sudden-death after the two remained tied following a three-hole aggregate playoff.[3] At the Greenbrier Classic he again tied for second after losing a sudden-death playoff, which was eventually won by Danny Lee. Kisner was eliminated on the first extra hole with birdie. Other notable results were finishes for fourth at the McGladrey Classic, fifth at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, and eighth at the Memorial Tournament.

Kisner finished as runner-up at the WGC-HSBC Champions event in Shanghai in November 2015, two strokes behind Russell Knox despite holding the 36-hole lead. This was Kisner's fourth runner-up finish of the 2015 calendar year.

On November 22, 2015, after a number of near misses, Kisner earned his first PGA Tour victory by winning the RSM Classic, in his 109th PGA Tour start. He won by six strokes over Kevin Chappell as he dominated the tournament over the weekend. He began the final round with a three stroke advantage and shot a final round of 64 to storm to his first victory. The win moved him into the Top 20 in the world rankings and put him at the top of the early FedEx Cup standings moving into 2016.[4]

On May 28, 2017, Kisner won his second PGA Tour title at the Dean & DeLuca Invitational with a one-stroke victory over three other players.

On March 25, 2018, Kisner finished runner-up in the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play in Austin, Texas. He lost to Bubba Watson in the final, 7 & 6. He also tied for second with a score of six-under-par at the 2018 Open Championship.[5]

On March 31, 2019, Kisner once again reached the championship round of the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play. This time, he won the tournament (3 & 2) over fellow American Matt Kuchar.[6]

Professional wins (9)Edit

PGA Tour wins (3)Edit

World Golf Championships (1)
Other PGA Tour events (2)
No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 Nov 22, 2015 RSM Classic −22 (65-67-64-64=260) 6 strokes   Kevin Chappell
2 May 28, 2017 Dean & DeLuca Invitational −10 (67-67-70-66=270) 1 stroke   Sean O'Hair,   Jon Rahm,
  Jordan Spieth
3 Mar 31, 2019 WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play 3 & 2   Matt Kuchar

PGA Tour playoff record (0–4)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 2015 RBC Heritage   Jim Furyk Lost to birdie on second extra hole
2 2015 The Players Championship   Rickie Fowler,   Sergio García Fowler won with birdie on first extra hole after three-hole aggregate playoff
(Fowler: 11, Kisner: 11, García: 13)
3 2015 Greenbrier Classic   David Hearn,   Danny Lee,
  Robert Streb
Lee won with par on second extra hole
Kisner and Streb eliminated with birdie on first hole
4 2017 Zurich Classic of New Orleans
(with   Scott Brown)
  Jonas Blixt and   Cameron Smith Lost to birdie on fourth extra hole

Web.com Tour wins (2)Edit

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 Sep 5, 2010 Mylan Classic −13 (68-68-68-67=271) 1 stroke   Geoffrey Sisk
2 Mar 10, 2013 Chile Classic −21 (71-67-61-68=267) 1 stroke   Brice Garnett,   Edward Loar

Other wins (4)Edit

Results in major championshipsEdit

Tournament 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Masters Tournament T37 T43 T28
U.S. Open CUT T12 T49 T58 CUT
The Open Championship CUT 76 T54 T2
PGA Championship CUT T18 T7 T12
Tournament 2019
Masters Tournament T21
PGA Championship CUT
U.S. Open T49
The Open Championship T30
  Top 10
  Did not play

CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place

SummaryEdit

Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 4
PGA Championship 0 0 0 0 1 2 5 3
U.S. Open 0 0 0 0 0 1 6 4
The Open Championship 0 1 0 1 1 1 5 4
Totals 0 1 0 1 2 5 20 15
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 9 (2016 Masters – 2018 Masters)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 1 (twice)

Results in The Players ChampionshipEdit

Tournament 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
The Players Championship T2 CUT T56 CUT T22
  Top 10

CUT = missed the halfway cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place

World Golf ChampionshipsEdit

Wins (1)Edit

Year Championship 54 holes Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner-up
2019 WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play n/a 3 & 2   Matt Kuchar

Results timelineEdit

Tournament 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Mexico Championship T23 11 29 T27
Match Play T38 T17 2 1
FedEx St. Jude Invitational T37 T16 T28 T39 T27
HSBC Champions 2 T70 T28
  Win
  Top 10
  Did not play

QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play
"T" = tied

U.S. national team appearancesEdit

Professional

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Week 3 2016 Ending 17 Jan 2016" (pdf). OWGR. Retrieved October 3, 2019.
  2. ^ "Jim Furyk birdies both playoff holes to earn first PGA Tour win since 2010". ESPN. April 19, 2015.
  3. ^ "Rickie Fowler rallies, overcomes 2 in playoff to claim Players". ESPN. Associated Press. May 10, 2015.
  4. ^ "Kisner nabs first tour win at The RSM Classic". PGA Tour. November 22, 2015.
  5. ^ Murray, Scott (July 22, 2018). "The Open 2018: Francesco Molinari wins title on day of drama – as it happened". The Guardian.
  6. ^ Powers, Christopher (March 31, 2019). "Kevin Kisner defeats Matt Kuchar 3 and 2 in final match for his third career PGA Tour victory". Golf Digest.

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