Spi­eth charges, Kis­ner holds on to win Colo­nial

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - STEPHEN HAWKINS

FORT WORTH, TEXAS — Kevin Kis­ner birdied the first three holes on the back nine to take the lead and held on to win at Colo­nial de­spite a Sun­day charge by de­fend­ing cham­pion Jordan Spi­eth.

Kis­ner shot a 4-un­der 66 to fin­ish at 10-un­der 270, in­clud­ing a clutch par save on the 18th hole after a way­ward tee shot and an ap­proach that was off the back side of the green and well be­low the hole. He fin­ished a stroke ahead of Spi­eth, Sean O’Hair and Jon Rahm.

Spi­eth shot a bo­gey-free 65, and was stand­ing on a chair to see over the crowd at the 18th green when Kis­ner putted up the mound to within five feet of the cup and then made the win­ning putt. That came right after Rahm’s birdie chance skirted just to the left of the hole.

Kis­ner got his sec­ond PGA Tour vic­tory in 148 starts since his de­but in 2011, and a cheque for $1.2 mil­lion. He was a run­ner-up twice this year.

Adam Had­win (70) of Ab­bots­ford, B.C., was the low Cana­dian at 4 over. Gra­ham DeLaet (71) of Wey­burn, Sask., was 5 over, Ab­bots­ford’s Nick Tay­lor (71) was 6 over and David Hearn (73) of Brant­ford was 10 over.

STACY REVERE, GETTY IMAGES

Kevin Kis­ner cel­e­brates with the Leonard Tro­phy in Fort Worth, Texas.

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