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Kisner on verge of first PGA Tour victory with three-shot lead

by vlad on Воскресенье, Ноябрь 22nd, 2015

Kevin Kisner moved tantalizingly close to an elusive first PGA Tour victory when he birdied the final three holes to earn a three-shot lead after the third round at the RSM Classic in coastal Georgia on Saturday.

On a day when contender Graeme McDowell incurred a one-shot penalty after a brain freeze, Kisner carded a six-under-par 64 on the Seaside course at Sea Island, punctuating his round with a 28-foot birdie putt at the final hole.

He posted a 16-under 196 total, while fellow American Kevin Chappell, the halfway leader, shot 68 for 13-under, with Northern Irishman McDowell (65) four shots off the pace.

After already posting four runner-up finishes this year, the latest two weeks ago at the WGC-HSBC Champions in China, Kisner said he was not particularly nervous as he seeks to his breakthrough.

«I haven’t been in this position with a three-shot lead going into the last day all year. It’s going to be a type of new atmosphere but I’m just going to keep playing the way I’m playing.»

The 31-year-old, who recently bought a second home on Sea Island, has worked his way up to 25th in the world rankings without posting a victory.

McDowell, who won the OHL Classic in Mayakoba on Monday, shrugged off the mistake, took his one-shot penalty, and put the incident quickly behind him to salvage par by hitting a nice seven-iron to 10 feet and holing the putt.

«It was a bit of a potential day-changer … instead of bogey there and who knows what could have happened today.

«I was very conscious of making sure I made four  it makes for a better story if it’s got a happy ending.»

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