Kisner eases to maiden PGA Tour triumph


Kevin Kisner emphatically ended his wait for a maiden PGA Tour title with a six-shot victory at the RSM Classic.

The world number 25 has suffered the anguish of being beaten in three play-offs this year, with his most recent setback coming when he was second behind Russell Knox at the WGC-HSBC Champions a fortnight ago.

Kisner was not to be denied at the Sea Island Resort on Sunday, though, as he carded a second successive six-under 64 to finish the tournament on 22 under.

The 31-year-old from South Carolina started the day with a three shot lead over Kevin Chappell and showed no signs of nerves as he made four birdies on the front nine to take the pressure off. 

He then picked up another shot at 15 in a flawless final round to finish well clear of compatriot Chappell, who was second after finishing with a 67.

Chappell made three birdies on the front nine and another two on the stretch, but also bogeyed the seventh and the last as Kisner was easing to his first PGA triumph.

Graeme McDowell was unable to follow up his victory at the OHL Classic at Mayakoba by claiming back-to-back titles as he also went round in 67 to finish third on 15 under.

The Northern Irishman was bizarrely given an unlikely helping hand at the seventh, when his tee shot struck Kisner's mother on the ankle and bounced back into the fairway.

McDowell was able to make par after that slice of luck, but only managed four birdies and a bogey at 16 prevented him from finishing joint-second.

Jon Curran finished with a 66 to take fourth place, while Freddie Jacobson was a further shot back on 12 under following his closing 67.