Aug 16th, 2021
Kisner wins Wyndham Championship in extra time
Exciting climax as PGA Tour has its first six man playoff
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Kisner finished on fifteen-under at Sedgefield Country Club alongside fellow American Kevin Na, Australia's Adam Scott, South Korea's Kim Si-woo, South Africa's Branden Grace and Canadian Roger Sloan.
The overnight leader, Russell Henly, looked like making it a seven-way playoff but he agonisingly missed his return putt at the last having just missed his birdie effort for the outright victory.
As the sextet made their way down the eighteenth for the first time the veteran Adam Scott looked nailed on to win. Scott had crunched his drive down the middle and then wedged it to some five feet. Only he and Sloan had hit the green but after an exhibition of the short game and five pars he had his relatively straight putt for the title.
Scott who had never previously lost a playoff inexplicably missed and the group hopped on the carts and headed back to the eighteenth tee.
It was Kisner, who had almost pitched in for birdie at the first extra hole, that this time played the perfect hole. He put his second shot to some four feet and as he watched his opponents all fail to make birdie he stepped up and converted for his first-ever playoff win.
It is Kisner's fourth PGA win and his tenth professional title overall. Given this result and his track record in match play, there must be a good chance that he will get the nod for a first Ryder Cup appearance.
England's Justin Rose who was right in the mix coming down the stretch found his putter run cold as he finished two shots off the pace after a 67. A missed short putt at the last dropped him into a share of tenth and cost him his place in the FedEx Cup playoffs.
Rose's loss was Chesson Hadley's gain. The American who had earlier holed in one at the 16th and covered the last four holes in four-under jumped past Rose into 125th on the FedEx standing to retain his PGA Tour card.