Kisner shuts out big names to claim title at Colonial
29 May 2017 - 22:10
New York: Kevin Kisner discarded his bridesmaid tag when he sank a clutch, five-foot putt for par to seal a one-stroke victory at the Dean & DeLuca Invitational in Fort Worth, Texas on Sunday.
Kisner, a six times runnerup on the PGA Tour, boldly slammed his uphill putt into the middle of the cup for his second career win.
“I’ve been in this position a ton and haven’t finished as much as I’d like to,” the intense 33-year-old from South Carolina told Golf Channel after carding 66 to finish at 10-under 270 at Colonial Country Club.
In closing the deal, Kisner avoided what would have been a four-way playoff, finishing a stroke clear of fellow Americans Jordan Spieth (65) and Sean O'Hair (66), and Spaniard Jon Rahm (66).
Rahm had the best chance to force extra holes but missed a 10-foot birdie putt at the last.
Overnight leader Webb Simpson (71) bogeyed the par-four 18th to finish two shots behind.
Kisner jump-started his round with a 40-foot birdie at the par-four 10th and then broke clear with further birdies at the next two holes.
But a three-putt bogey from the fringe at the 16th set up an exciting finish.
“I hung in there coming in,” he said.
“It got a little tighter than I wanted to but it’s a fun way to finish. I kept going at the flag and trying to make as many birdies as I could.
“I'm just happy to win any tournament, but especially here. I love this place.”
Spieth came close to successfully defending his title with a bogey-free final round but left too much ground to make up.
“It was really close,” the former world number one told reporters.
“All in all a very solid round. It’s hard to ask for much more than 65 on the last day."
Spieth was upbeat to find his form. On Friday he was in danger of missing an unprecedented third consecutive cut but he played the final 45 holes in 11-under.