American Kevin Kisner yet broke his playoff drought to triumph the tournament, which helium hopes volition assistance him execute different milestone — representing the United States successful the Ryder Cup.
Kisner stuck his attack to 3 feet connected the 2nd other spread and made the putt to triumph a record-tying six-man playoff connected Sunday.
The 37-year-old Kisner, an fantabulous putter who present has 4 PGA Tour wins, has ne'er qualified oregon been selected to correspond the US successful the biennial matches against Europe. American skipper Steve Stricker volition marque six picks aft the Tour Championship, and Kisner believes he's astatine slightest enactment himself successful the mix.
"Who knows, man?" Kisner said. "I've ne'er been picked before, truthful I'm not going to spell retired determination and leap connected a limb and accidental that I'm going to get picked this year.
"I emotion Stricker, he's a large person and large guy. He'll bash what's champion for the squad and the country."
And that could mean Kisner, who's 23rd successful the US Ryder Cup points standings, yet has shaken disconnected an uninspired twelvemonth with improved play astatine the close time.
Kisner has changeable successful the 60s successful 12 of his past 20 rounds. His 66 connected Sunday astatine Sedgefield included birdies connected the 16th and 17th holes to scope 15-under and the playoff.
In the playoff, helium bested Adam Scott, Roger Sloan, Kevin Na, Si Woo Kim and Branden Grace aft each had made pars connected the archetypal further hole.
"To beryllium lasting present is beauteous sweet," said Kisner, who had been 0-5 successful playoffs.
With Scott looking astatine a four-footer for birdie connected the archetypal other hole, Kisner thought helium would person to spread a transportation from abbreviated of the 18th greenish conscionable to enactment successful the playoff, and helium astir did it. Kisner grimaced arsenic his shot settled conscionable close of the cup.
But Scott's abbreviated putt missed severely and each six players went backmost to the 18th tee. This time, lone Kisner gave himself a adjacent look astatine birdie connected the 505-yard closing hole.
Kim changeable 64 successful the last round. Scott had a 65 portion Grace, Na and Sloan each closed with 66.
It was the 3rd six-man playoff connected the PGA Tour and the archetypal since Robert Allenby won astatine Riviera successful 2001.
It didn't look similar a playoff would beryllium indispensable aft Russell Henley, who led aft the archetypal 3 rounds, recovered from a dilatory commencement to scope 17-under aft a birdie connected the 10th hole. But Henley bogeyed 3 of the adjacent 4 and came to the 72nd spread needing par to enactment astatine 15 under.
But Henley missed a six-footer to spell 0-for-3 this play with the 54-hole lead. He was successful beforehand aft 3 rounds astatine Las Vegas past October and astatine the US Open successful June.
"I knew I had to sprout nether par today, truthful conscionable disappointed," Henley aft his one-over 71. "It stings beauteous bad."
There was play done the last circular of the tour's past regular-season lawsuit arsenic players extracurricular the postseason sought to get in.
It looked similar erstwhile FedEx Cup champion Justin Rose, who started the week 138th, had done capable to marque the 125-man tract for The Northern Trust. But the Englishman missed a five-footer for par connected the last spread that dropped him to 126th — archetypal extracurricular the playoff field.
"Obviously it was successful my hands up 18," Rose said. "I didn't bash a precise bully occupation of that."
Rose's nonaccomplishment was Chesson Hadley's gain. The seasoned who finished 2nd astatine the Palmetto Championship astatine Congaree successful June made a hole-in 1 connected the par-three 16th — implicit with an awkward, leg-kicking solemnisation — and changeable 62.
That was capable to sneak him into adjacent week's tract astatine No.125. And dissimilar Rose, Hadley needed to marque the playoffs to unafraid afloat playing privileges for adjacent season.
Sloan and Scott Piercy were 2 others who played their mode into the playoffs. Canada's Sloan moved from 131st to 92nd portion Piercy came successful astatine No.126 and improved 10 spots.
Three players who missed the chopped this week fell from the apical 125 aft starting the week playoff-bound. Ryan Armour went from 122nd to 127th, Bo Hoag from 125th to 129th and Patrick Rodgers from 123rd to 128th.
Threatening upwind for aboriginal Sunday led circuit officials to determination up tee times. They didn't number connected a mash-up astatine the apical starring to the 12th playoff connected the PGA Tour this season.
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