Kisner hopes to keep the momentum going
AUGUSTA — He’s been here before, but this time is much different for Kevin Kisner.
This time, he’s coming in with a ton of momentum.
The Aiken native and former Georgia Bulldog enters his fourth Masters having picked up the third PGA Tour victory of his career at the Dell Match Play Championship.
“Winning breeds winning,” Kisner said before his Tuesday practice round with Kevin Na. “It’s kind of like confidence breeds confidence, and hopefully I can springboard off of that and have a chance here.”
He’s made the cut in each of his first three appearances. His best finish so far was a tie for 28th last year.
He joked he was still looking for the key, which is a little more length.
“I need to find about 20 more yards if anybody knows how to do that in two days,” he said.
With the soggy conditions early in the week, Kisner is hoping the storms that hit the CSRA Monday evening and Tuesday morning stayed away and allowed the sun and breeze to dry out the course before tournament play starts on Thursday.
Kisner is scheduled to tee off at 12:54 p.m with Kiradech Aphibarnrat, of Thailand, and Shugo Imahira, of Japan. The group will tee off at 9:47 a.m. on Friday.
All joking aside, Kisner has pretty good idea of what adjustments he’ll need to make this week.
“I use a lot of roll when I’m playing on Tour, and we’re not going to get much this week,” Kisner said. “I’m not too worried about finding the fairway. I’m just going to have to hit my long irons a little better.”
He may not be able to find that extra 20 yards before the the start of the tournament, but Kisner does have something else that could provide him some good luck – the full face of facial hair he’s now sporting.
“I’m going to see how long I can go,” he said. “My wife and daughter said, ‘Well, you won with that one so you better keep it rolling through next week.’”
As for Kisner’s daughter, Kate, she’s still waiting on the spoils of her dad’s victory. It takes a little while for the Walter Hagen Cup, which is awarded to the winner of the Dell Match Play Championship, to actually get to the winner.
Kate has already staked claim to the prize.
“She said it was her trophy, and ‘When was it coming?’,” Kisner said. “They said six to nine months, and she wasn’t too thrilled about that.”