RSM Classic. Kevin K Crushes the Opposition to Win.

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Kevin Kisner crushes the opposition to win the RSM Classic on Sea Island, his maiden PGA Tour victory.

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After a year of runner-up finishes Kevin Kisner finally won, at the RSM Classic on Sunday. He shot a final round -6 under par 64 on the Seaside Course, for a record breaking winning total of -22 under par. A whopping six shot margin over second place, and as he sunk the final putt on 18 his year-old daughter Katie ran over to greet him, smiling from ear to ear Kevin said to her;

“We did it!”

Kevin told reporters he knew it would happen sooner or later;

“I’ve just been playing so well all year.”

“I knew one day it was going to happen when I was going to make all the putts. I did it on the front nine.”

“I hope the floodgates are open.”

“You’ve got to believe you can win on Thursday. I hope that catapults me into believing that every week.”

“What a way to end the year, by far the greatest year of my life golf-wise.”

“To finish it that way, I couldn’t write it up any better.”

Kevin Chappell was second, six shots back at -16 under par, his final round -3 under par 67 never troubled Kevin K. He had this say afterwards;

“When he’s shooting 128 on the weekend, pretty tough to beat.”

Last weeks winner Graeme McDowell was third, at -15 under par, his final round was marred by an approach shot that buried itself deep into the face of the 16th bunker. He made a good five from there, but the momentum was gone.

Graeme said it was the first time he had played alongside Kevin K;

“First time I think I’ve ever played with him, didn’t realize just how steady he was.”

“He played really aggressive today for a guy who has never won a golf tournament.”

“I was thinking if I could get a couple under early on that I might have some sort of a shot. But he closed the door early on. And it was impressive.”

RSM Classic. Kevin K in Command.

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Kevin Kisner is in command of the RSM Classic after 54 holes at Sea Island. All matches were played on the Seaside Course.

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Kevin K carded three birdies in his last three holes today on the Seaside Course in the RSM Classic, to lead the tournament by three shots going into the final round tomorrow. His third round -6 under par 64 giving him a tournament total of -16 under par.

He said this is a whole new experience for him;

“I’m just looking forward to it, I haven’t been in this position all year, with a three-shot lead going into the final round, so it’s something new for me. I’m excited.”

“What I’ve learned is you just can’t hold back on this tour.”

“Any time you think you’re doing great, somebody else is, too. I’m just going to try to keep making birdies.”

“I’ll put a number of 20, 21 under in my head and see if they can catch that one.”

“Standing on 15, I was thinking it was going to be a dog fight all day tomorrow again, which it will.”

“But having a three-shot cushion was huge to finish that way.”

“Sixteen is not my favorite tee shot in the world, that left-to-right wind, so to have a  birdie there was clutch.”

Kevin Chappell is in second place, a third round -2 under par 68 no match for his playing partner. Kevin C now has a competition total of -13 under par, he knows he will need a low round tomorrow if he wants to take this title;

“He’s been in this situation a lot lately, and it will probably take a low one from me tomorrow to have a chance.”

Graeme McDowell holds third place on his own at -12 under par, he carded -5 under 65 today. Last weeks win has certainly rejuvenated him, he is now looking for back to back wins.

G-Mac made a glaring error today, on the first fairway, picking up his ball to clean it, there was no lift clean and place rule in operation on the day;

“They looked at me and I was thinking, oh my goodness, you absolute idiot, what are you doing?'”

 “When you do something as silly as that, it was the automatic pilot. That was one of the more automatic mistakes.”

“It’s a much better story if it has a happy ending. I was standing over that 10-footer saying, ‘This is going to be a better story with the lads in the bar if I make this and if not, I’m going to take a lot of abuse for it.'”

RSM Classic. Kevin Kisner Leads

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Kevin Kisner leads the RSM Classic with a hot round on the Plantation Course at Sea Island Golf Club in Georgia.

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Kevin fired an opening round -7 under par 65 on the more difficult Plantation Course, in the RSM Classic. The competition is played over two courses at the Sea Island Golf Resort, to lead the tournament by one shot.

Kevin has done everything but win this year, even losing in a playoff three times;

“I haven’t been disappointed in any stretch of golf coming down the stretch to have a chance. I always rate myself on that.”

“I’ve just gotten beaten a few times, so hopefully I’ll have a chance coming down with a couple shot lead on Sunday.”

There is an eight-way tie for second place at -6 under, with Jeff Overton, David Hearn and Tom Hoge who each had first rounds of – 6 under par 64 over on the Seaside Course, while Jim Herman, Kyle Stanley, Kevin Chappell, Scott Stallings and Si Woo Kim joined them on that score with -6 under 66 on the Plantation Course.

Things will even out tomorrow when everyone has played both courses, but at the moment it looks like a very close contest.

Best story of the day is about Davis Love 111, the US Ryder Cup captain playing alongside his amateur son Dru, who won a four-man qualifier on Sunday to earn his spot here;

Davis spoke about the pressure of their rivalry;

“It was weird because I kept saying, ‘Which ball are we going to play?’ thinking we’re playing a scramble at the PNC Father-Son Challenge.”

“I caught myself watching him play because I was nervous for him and hoping he’d play well.”

 “Dru hit it first into the green and hit it close, then I hit it closer than him.”

“He made it;  then I was like, oh boy. I had to make it.”

Dru was a little more forthright;

“Beating my dad, I didn’t beat him today. I’ve got the cut in the back of my head and will try to be a little bit more patient tomorrow.”

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Both Father and Son finished the day at even par 70 on the Seaside Course, and will have to pay well tomorrow to make the cut, when they will pay together again.


WGC Championships HSBC Champions. Kevin Clings On.

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Kevin Kisner clings on to the lead after 54 holes at the WGC Championships HSBC Champions, which finished in darkness after an earlier rain delay.

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In a day of drama, rain delays, and playing in darkness Kevin completed the third round with -2 under 70, and stayed on top of the WGC Championships HSBC Champions leaderboard at -16 under par.

Second place is shared between Dustin Johnson, Haotong Li and Russell Knox at -15 under par for the tournament.

Dustin carded a third round -7 under 65, local player Haotong -6 under 66, while Russell elected not to finish the round in the darkness. He will have to return tomorrow to complete his third round, accompanied by a marker.

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Haotong from China feels under a pot of pressure to perform well;

“I started getting used to the intensity because of the way I played on the,   the challenge and the competition were so intense that sometimes I felt like I cannot breathe properly.”

“This tournament is so big, it’s too big,”

“I know that the final day, a lot of people are going to be hitting a lot of birdies.”

“That’s why I thought that my target, my goal of this tournament would be making the top 10.”

“Making the top ten will already be a highlight and a milestone for my short career. I hope that tomorrow I can do well and finish at the position of where I want to.”

At -13 under par are Jordan Spieth, who shot the low round of the day -9 under par 63, Ross Fisher -7 under 65 and Patrick Reed -4 under 68. 

In one of the strangest moments of the day, Branden Grace played an approach shot to the par five 13th green, his third, which struck the pin and rolled back to end up on the top edge of the bunker. He had no proper stance to play a shot, but the referee awarded him a free drop. What ever happened to play the ball as it lies. All the commentators were understandably  baffled by this generous decision. Will be interesting to see what explanation Tournament Referee Slugger White has to say on the subject.

Rory McIlroy shot a third round -4 under 68 and deserves credit for playing at all after the bout of food poisoning hit him hard. He lost 10 lbs in weight, that has to have some effect on how you can play and concentrate.


WGC Championships. HSBC Champions. Kevin Kisner Has The Lead.

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Kevin Kisner has the 36 hole lead at the WGC Championships HSBC Champions tournament at Sheshan International Golf Club in China.

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Kevin carded a second round -6 under par 66 to top thee WGC Championships HSBC Champions tournament in China at -14 under par. Kevin is still bogey free through two rounds and said the result was beyond all his expectations, but he was making a lot of putts;

“It’s beyond my expectations, I had no expectations coming in so it’s been good.”

“I’m making a lot of putts and that’s fun keeping the round going when I miss a green.”

“I made a couple of long putts for par today to keep the no bogey streak going. I’m sure I’ll run into some problems sooner or later. I just hope I can keep holing those putts for par and keep the pedal down.”

It’s going to take a lot more birdies this week to win and that’s my game plan.”

“I’ll just keep doing what I’m doing and I’ll look up on the back nine on Sunday and see how we’re doing”

Russell Knox is in second place, two shots back at -12 under par, a second round -7 under 65 keeping him in touch with the leader.

Branden Grace, the first round leader, slipped back today scoring -1 under 71 to be at -10 under par for the tournament, and holding third place on his own.

Rory McIlroy stood still with an even par 72 second round, and is now 10 shots off the pace at -4 under for the competition.

FedEx St. Jude Classic, Three Tied at the Top, Rory slips back.

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There are three players tied at the top of the leaderboard in the FedEx, St Jude Classic at TPC Southwind. The leaders are at -6 under par for 54 holes with Nick O’Hern completing his round at -3 under par for a total of -6 under par for the tournament. That tournament total was matched by Davis Love 111 and John Merrick who was one of the first round leaders.

There are six players just one shot off the lead, including Rory McIlroy, who somehow managed to rack up six bogeys during his third round, against four birdies. This left him with a total of -5 under par, and still in contention for the trophy on Sunday. The other players tied in second place at -5 under par are, Dustin Johnson, Robert Allenby, Kevin Kisner, Chad Campbell and Kevin Stadler.

In all there are sixteen players within three shots of the leaders, and it will be an exciting final round to watch as all these professional players vie to be on top of the leaderboard at the end of the round on Sunday afternoon. I personally think that Rory will regroup and come out firing on all cylinders on Sunday, especially as he now knows that Lee Westwood has won over on the European Tour in Sweden. Lee  is hot on his heels in the race for the number one ranking, both of them trying to catch Luke Donald.