CM – Just Wyn, Baby: Kevin Kisner comes out of the playoff pack and is inducted into the Ryder Cup

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GREENSBORO, N.C. – Kevin Kisner emerged victorious from a six-man playoff at the Wyndham Championship. After witnessing Adam Scott knock his four-footed knee on the first playoff hole to win, Kisner stood unusually calm over his four-foot birdie putt on the second playoff hole while all six guys were left . Unlike Scott, Kisner converted.

« Actually, I was a little stronger at the beginning than on the track, » said Kisner after the playoffs. « That’s the crazy thing about people and pressure, you never know when you will feel it or how you will react. »

Kisner didn’t think he had a chance of winning until he finished 16th after his birdie Scoreboard saw. « I looked up and saw that I was just a back, » he said and if you hit a good drive at 18 you might have a chance. « 

Kisner made the par-4 17th with birdie, thanks to a great approach shot within 2 feet. Then he parried the last to finish under at 15, well enough to join five others on that number.

Kisner was aiming for his fourth PGA Tour title but his first win in a playoff. He started this additional session 0-5 in his tour career.

On the first playoff hole, only two players hit the 18th green and Kisner wasn’t one of them. His tee shot ended up in the intermediate rough and a bad shot on his second shot left him 37 yards to the green. Kisner stretched one foot for a well-deserved par but thought he was done.

To his surprise, all six guys moved on and Kisner had another chance to break free.

« I had that Lucky to have a perfect number in 18, ”said Kisner of his approach shot on the second playoff hole, also on 18th par-4. A 163-yard 9-iron and a club twirl later, Kisner was 4 feet and 1 inch from the Wyndham Championship title.

« It’s a crazy way of having no-wins-in-a-playoffs. To break the streak, « Kisner joked after his victory, knowing full well that he had lost all five of his previous playoffs on the tour.

 » Every time you win here, it’s hard. This year has been quite a struggle for me, ”added Kisner, who started the year with a playoff loss at The RSM Classic. “You never know when it’s going to happen again, so you have to guess every time.” When asked if this win would help his Ryder Cup chances, Kisner joked: “I’ve never been selected before, so I’m not going to jump on one leg and say I’ll be selected this year. « 

Kisner knew time was running out. Early in Week 69 in FedExCup points and 23rd in the Ryder Cup, he had to win or finish well to improve his chances of getting a spot in East Lake and Whistling Straits. He’s now 29th in FEC points but still well outside the top 6 in Ryder Cup points which would give him an automatic spot. Still, captain Stricker, who has six wildcard picks, must have stood out.

« I would love more than anything to represent our country and be part of this team, » he said. “I have to play well in these playoffs and keep showing great form. I wasn’t in a great position to make the Tour Championship so this week I knew I had to jump on the board. « 

 » You can’t win it if you’re not there, « concluded Kisner. « So let’s go further up. »

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