Kisner outlasts Spieth, Rahm, O'Hair to win at Colonial

Ross Houston
May 31, 2017

Kisner shot a four-under 66 in the final round to finish at 10-under 270, including a clutch par save on the 18th hole after a wayward tee shot and an approach that was off the back side of the green and well below the hole.

Americans Stewart Cink (66) and Kevin Kisner (70) were three off the pace, while defending champion Jordan Spieth (68) and Masters champion Sergio Garcia (71) were five behind.

Kisner's only PGA Tour victory came by an impressive six shots in 2015, but he has been knocking on the door with six runner-up finishes in his career, including the 2017 Arnold Palmer Invitational.

After being among four players who shared the 36-hole lead, Simpson went ahead alone to stay after consecutive birdies to start his back nine. His 7-under final round pushed Stricker to 6-under par total. I will just try to get off to a little better start maybe the next time.

Alex Noren shot a 10-under 62 on Sunday for a two-stroke victory in the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth in Virginia Water, England. On American soil, however, it had been a while since her last victory.

Reigning Masters champion Sergio Garcia (66) and two-time major victor and defending champ Jordan Spieth (68) are within striking distance heading into the weekend. Feng, who finished at 19-under 269, led by one after a bogey-free third round Saturday, then kept the competition at bay. He birdied four holes in a six-hole stretch starting with the 10th, and drilled a 10-foot putt to take a solo lead at the 12th.

Kisner birdied the 10th and 11th holes to tie Simpson for the top spot and took the lead outright with a birdie on the par-4 12th. Among them was Bernhard Langer, who made two straight birdies to pull within two shots of Singh at the turn.

Windy conditions helped create the logjam at the top with 21 players within five shots of the leaders after the first two rounds at the Colonial Country Club course in Fort Worth, Texas.

It is only the second time in 12 years at Colonial for the 54-hole leader to have more than a one-stroke advantage. Singh three-putted 17 to give Langer a two-shot advantage. On Friday he was in danger of missing an unprecedented third consecutive cut but he played the final 45 holes in 11-under.

NOTES: Brian Stuard had the shot of the round when he aced the par-3, 189-yard 16th (his seventh hole of the day) with a 5-iron, the only hole-in-one of the week.

No one got within a shot of him, with Henrik Stenson, Branden Grace, Shane Lowry and Hideto Tanihara among the chasers falling away as rain arrived late in the afternoon.

Lee Westwood (72) and overnight co-leader Francesco Molinari (74) are a further two shots back.

He finished with five birdies and just one bogey on Sunday.

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