Kisner still on bubble for U.S. Open spot


DUBLIN, Ohio – At 61st in the world ranking, this week’s Memorial could present an interesting quandary for Kevin Kisner.

Kisner needs to be inside the top 60 in the world on June 15 to qualify for the U.S. Open, but even if he plays well enough this week at Muirfield Village to crack the magic number he would need to be sure he was high enough that he wouldn’t get bounced before next week’s cut off.

Otherwise, Kisner could play Monday’s 36-hole qualifier in Columbus, Ohio, but he didn’t sound that excited about the prospect on Tuesday.

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“I'll probably go home, 36 holes a day is about over for me,” he said. “I would say 57th [in the world]. If you're playing in Europe and they're giving them points again, I'll probably get passed again.”

Kisner vaulted up the rankings with runner-up finishes at the RBC Heritage and The Players, he started the year 238th in the world, but he only moved up two spots after a fifth-place finish two weeks ago at the Crowne Plaza Invitational.

“I never thought fifth place at Colonial was going to only move me up two spots,” he said. “In fact, I already planned on being in Sunday night. I moved up more with a 38th place in Charlotte [three spots] than a fifth at Colonial, so explain that.”