Kisner stays put on moving day
AUGUSTA — Kevin Kisner sits well behind the leaders heading into the final day of the Masters.
Part of the reason is because he’s no longer leading in the one area he was near the top of the leaderboard coming into the weekend.
“Yeah, I didn’t make any putts,” Kisner said. “I think I hit 16 greens and shot even par. So just didn’t have the straight putts, I had a lot of the breaking, fast big swingers that’s all speed and didn’t make any of them early.”
Kisner led in the field in putting through two rounds along with tournament leader Francesco Molinari and Justin Harding.
His first three-putt of the tournament came on No. 5. The altered hole was the talk prior to the tournament for its added length. Kisner’s troubles on the hole highlighted the new pin placement, however.
He left himself a lengthy birdie putt from a tough spot.
“That’s brutal, I hit that in practice and it went way left and tried to play for it today, but if you get it too far right it goes right,” Kisner said. “So it’s a new hole location with the new green, and I just hit it in the wrong spot. We were trying to hit it past that hole and just a little right of it. I just didn’t hit a very good shot.”
The biggest mishap for Kisner came on No. 10 when he went right off the tee and a poor lie led to his approach going right also. He ended up on the other side of the green-side bunker. From there he made double bogey to fall back to even.
“Yeah, I had a huge mud ball in the right rough and it went way right and was buried in the pine straw,” he said. “So if it was in the grass it probably would have been an easier four, instead I walk away with six.”
He did make birdie on both of the back-nine par 5s - On 15 it was his third birdie in as many rounds.
Now the focus for Kisner is simple heading into Sunday’s final round.
“I’m just going to go to try and shoot a low one and try and move up the board,” he said. “That’s the only thing I can do.”