Kevin Kisner can take a nice, deep breath, as his pursuit for his ever-elusive first PGA Tour win can now come to a close.
Kis, you’re a winner with the big boys, now.
It seems like the formula for Kisner wasn’t just to attempt to beat the field, a strategy which yielded 4 runner-up finishes during the years 2014 & 2015. Kisner’s strategy for the RSM Classic was to obliterate the tournament record. Do that, and win.
He did that, and he won, handily.
Kisner’s 22-under par total of 260 was four strokes better than the win put together by Tommy “Two Gloves” Gainey in 2012. Kisner was a winner by six strokes over another Kevin, Kevin Chappell, who finished at 16-under par. He finished 12 shots clear of the players who rounded out the top-10, a convincing victory for the 31-year old PGA Tour pro.
We wrote on Kevin Kisner earlier in the year after his brilliant performance at the PLAYERS, which unfortunately was outdone by young Rickie Fowler. Kisner had been knocking on the door for a victory all year, and with the new year of 2016 closing in soon, captured his shot at glory. With a putter that was reminiscent of the putting we’d seen from Jordan Spieth all summer, Kisner posted a decisive stamp on Davis Love’s event in Sea Island.
— Kevin Kisner (@K_Kisner) November 23, 2015
Kevin Kisner offers a unique perspective to the PGA Tour. He’s a career journeyman on the mini-tours, only seeing success on the big Tour in any consistency in 2015. But in 2015, he become the modern version of Matt Kuchar. He became the re-incarnate of Steve Stricker. He was a top-10 machine.
Starting the 2015 year ranked well outside the top-200 in the world, Kisner improved his world ranking to inside the top-20. Currently the leader of the 2015-2016 FedEx Cup (sorry, not to bring that up this early…), he’s also ranked second this year on Total Strokes Gained through the start of the season.
He’s one of those guys who offers a unique disposition with a tremendous golf game.
Watch this interview with Amanda Balanois from earlier this summer, where Kisner isn’t afraid to talk about throwing a few brews back, too. He’s unique.
A small town boy at heart, the proper nouns Kevin Kisner and Aiken, South Carolina don’t typically roam to far apart from each other. For Kisner, Aiken is his home, his sanctuary, his place of peace.
By watching this video below, you’ll get a sense of Kisner’s life away from the PGA Tour and perhaps how this base has helped him to build his career with such a foundation.
Kevin Kisner is now a winner on the PGA Tour. Before the 2015 golf season, would anyone have seen it coming?
Kisner probably did. After learning what we’ve learned about him, he’s that type of guy.
— Titleist (@Titleist) November 23, 2015