NO MORE A BRIDES­MAID

Kis­ner claims sec­ond tour vic­tory af­ter six sec­ond plac­ings

New Straits Times - - Sport -

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In clos­ing the deal, Kis­ner avoided what would have been a four-way play­off, fin­ish­ing a stroke clear of fel­low Amer­i­cans Jor­dan Spi­eth (65) and Sean O’Hair (66), and Spa­niard Jon Rahm (66).

Rahm had the best chance to force ex­tra holes but missed a 10foot birdie putt at the last.

Overnight leader Webb Simp­son (71) bo­geyed the par-four 18th to fin­ish two shots be­hind.

Kis­ner jump-started his round with a 40-foot birdie at the par­four 10th and then broke clear with fur­ther birdies at the next two holes.

But a three-putt bo­gey from the fringe at the 16th set up an ex­cit­ing fin­ish.

“I hung in there com­ing in,” he said. “It got a lit­tle tighter than I wanted to but it’s a fun way to fin­ish. I kept go­ing at the flag and try­ing to make as many birdies as I could.

“I’m just happy to win any tour­na­ment, but es­pe­cially here. I love this place.”

Spi­eth came close to suc­cess­fully de­fend­ing his ti­tle with a bo­gey-free fi­nal round but left too much ground to make up.

“It was really close,” the for­mer world num­ber one told re­porters. “All in all a very solid round. It’s hard to ask for much more than 65 on the last day.”

Spi­eth was up­beat to find his form. On Fri­day he was in dan­ger of miss­ing an un­prece­dented third con­sec­u­tive cut but he played the fi­nal 45 holes in 11un­der.

Rahm, 22, con­tin­ued to en­hance his pro­file as the game’s next su­per­star with an­other stel­lar per­for­mance, break­ing into the top 10 in the world rank­ings.

He had birdie putts in­side 20 feet on the fi­nal eight holes but con­verted only two of them.

“I wish I could have made a cou­ple more,” he said. “This is golf. I kept hit­ting good shots and hav­ing putts from 10 or 15 feet for birdie. It will sting for a lit­tle while.” Reuters

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Kevin Kis­ner with the Leonard Tro­phy af­ter win­ning the Dean & DeLuca In­vi­ta­tional on Sun­day.

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