You Oughta Know: Kisner eyes maiden win in China


Kevin Kisner is in the midst of the best year of his career, but he has yet to reach the winner's circle. Here's what You Oughta Know heading into the final round of the WGC-HSBC Champions, where Kisner hopes to break through:

• Kisner leads by one shot over three players, including Russell Knox who has one hole left in his third round. This will be the first time in Kisner's career that he holds at least a share of the 54-hole lead.

• Kisner lost in three sudden-death playoffs this year: to Jim Furyk at the RBC Heritage, to Rickie Fowler at The Players Championship and to Danny Lee at The Greenbrier Classic.

• Kisner tweaked his back during the final round of last week's CIMB Classic, preventing him from playing a practice round in China. He shot a 64 in the opening round and led by two shots at the halfway point.

• Dustin Johnson is among the group one shot behind Kisner. A winner here in 2013, Johnson did not defend his title because of a personal leave of absence. He is 39 under across his last seven competitive rounds at Sheshan International.

• A win would extend Johnson's streak of having at least one victory every season since 2008, the longest such active streak on Tour. He would also join Tiger Woods as the only other player to win a WGC event in three straight seasons.

• Knox will complete his third round Sunday morning and he, like Kisner, is in search of his first win. Knox's best prior result came at the 2014 Honda Classic, where he lost in a playoff to Russell Henley.

• Haotong Li is alongside Johnson and Knox at 15 under in just his third PGA Tour start. Li, 20, won the PGA Tour China Order of Merit in 2014 and played on the Tour this past season.

• Li is in position to notch the best finish ever by a Chinese player on the PGA Tour. That mark currently belongs to Wenchong Liang, who finished T-8 at the 2010 PGA Championship.

• Jordan Spieth moved into contention with a third-round 63, and he trails Kisner by three shots. Spieth is making his first start of the new season, but has taken 25 putts or fewer in each of his first three rounds.

• Patrick Reed is tied for fifth alongside Spieth, contending for the third straight week in the third different Asian country. Reed finished T-3 at the UBS Hong Kong Open last month, then followed last week with a T-10 finish at the CIMB Classic in Malaysia.