Kisner takes positives from close calls, leads RSM


ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – After three runner-up finishes on the PGA Tour in less than a year it would be natural for Kevin Kisner to be anxious to shed his bridesmaid label, but that wouldn’t be Kisner.

“I haven't been disappointed in any stretch of golf to have a chance. I always rate myself on that,” said Kisner, who posted another near miss two weeks ago at the WGC-HSBC Championship. “I've just gotten beat a few times, so hopefully I'll have a chance coming down with a couple-shot lead on Sunday.”

A part of Kisner’s relaxed take on his close calls stems from his continued solid play, like Thursday’s 7-under 65 at the RSM Classic that moved him atop the Day 1 leaderboard.

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Kisner – who played the Plantation Course, statistically the easier of the two courses used this week – kickstarted his round with back-to-back birdies at Nos. 17 and 18 after starting his day on the 10th hole, and closed with an eagle at the par-5 eighth hole from 25 feet.

Even more encouraging is Kisner’s history on the host Seaside Course, where he won two SEC Championships while playing college golf at the University of Georgia.

“I'm hoping they move the tees up on that course like they did over here [on the Plantation layout], or maybe it just doesn't blow at all and we can make a bunch of birdies,” Kisner said.