Kisner victorious in record-tying six-man playoff

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GREENSBORO, N.C. — Kevin Kisner lastly broke his playoff drought to win the Wyndham Championship. He hopes the victory will assist him obtain one other milestone: representing america within the Ryder Cup.

Kisner struck his method to three toes on the 18th gap at Sedgefield and made the putt to win a record-tying six-man playoff on Sunday.

The 37-year-old Kisner, a wonderful putter who now has 4 PGA Tour wins, has by no means certified or been chosen to symbolize the U.S. within the biennial matches towards Europe. American captain Steve Stricker will make six picks after the Tour Championship, and Kisner says he has at the least put himself within the combine.

“Who is aware of, man?” Kisner stated. “I’ve by no means been picked earlier than, so I am not going to go on the market and leap on a limb and say that I’ll get picked this yr.

“I like Stricker — he is a terrific buddy and nice man. He’ll do what’s greatest for the crew and the nation.”

And that might imply Kisner, who’s twenty third within the U.S. Ryder Cup factors standings, has shaken off an uninspired yr with improved play on the proper time.

Kisner has shot within the 60s in 12 of his previous 20 rounds. His 66 on Sunday included birdies on the sixteenth and seventeenth holes to succeed in 15 underneath and the playoff.

Within the playoff, he bested Adam Scott, Roger Sloan, Kevin Na, Si Woo Kim and Branden Grace in any case had made pars on the primary extra gap.

“To be standing right here is fairly candy,” stated Kisner, who had been 0-5 in playoffs.

With Scott taking a look at a 4-footer for birdie on the primary further gap, Kisner thought he must gap a pitch from wanting the 18th inexperienced simply to remain within the playoff, and he practically did it. Kisner grimaced as his ball settled excellent of the cup.

However Scott’s brief putt missed badly and all six gamers went again to the 18th tee. This time, solely Kisner stuffed his method shut on the 505-yard closing gap.

Kim shot 64 within the closing spherical. Scott had a 65, whereas Grace, Na and Sloan every closed with 66.

It was the third six-man playoff on the PGA Tour and the primary since Robert Allenby received at Riviera in 2001.

It did not seem like a playoff could be crucial after Russell Henley, who led after the primary three rounds, recovered from a sluggish begin to attain 17 underneath after a birdie on the tenth gap. However Henley bogeyed three of the subsequent 4 and got here to the 72nd gap needing par to remain at 15 underneath.

However Henley missed a 6-footer to go 0-for-3 this season with the 54-hole lead. He was in entrance after three rounds at Las Vegas final October and on the U.S. Open in June.

“I knew I needed to shoot underneath par at the moment, so simply upset,” Henley stated after his 1-over 71. “It stings fairly dangerous.”

There was drama by way of the ultimate spherical of the tour’s final regular-season occasion as gamers outdoors the postseason sought to get in.

It appeared like former FedEx Cup champion Justin Rose, who began the week 138th, had accomplished sufficient to make the 125-man subject for the Northern Belief. However the Englishman missed a 5-footer for par on the ultimate gap that dropped him to 126th — first outdoors the playoff subject.

“Clearly, it was in my fingers up 18,” Rose stated. “I did not do an excellent job of that.”

Rose’s loss was Chesson Hadley‘s achieve. The veteran who completed second on the Palmetto Championship at Congaree in June made a hole-in-one on the par-3 sixteenth — complete with an awkward, leg-kicking celebration — and shot 62.

That was sufficient to sneak him into subsequent week’s subject at No. 125. And in contrast to Rose, Hadley wanted to make the playoffs to safe full enjoying privileges for subsequent season.

Sloan and Scott Piercy have been two others who performed their method into the playoffs. Canada’s Sloan moved from 131st to 92nd, whereas Piercy got here in at No. 126 and improved 10 spots.

Three gamers who missed the lower this week fell from the highest 125 after beginning the week playoff-bound. Ryan Armour went from 122nd to 127th, Bo Hoag from a hundred and twenty fifth to 129th and Patrick Rodgers from 123rd to 128th.

Threatening climate for later Sunday led tour officers to maneuver up tee occasions. They did not rely on a mash-up on the prime resulting in the twelfth playoff on the PGA Tour this season.

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