Kisner survives Spieth charge for victory

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Kevin Kisner survived a final day charge from Jordan Spieth to win only his second PGA Tour event after success at the Dean & DeLuca Invitational.

A four-under par round of 66 saw Kisner finish at 10 under overall in Texas – a shot ahead of the chasing pack of Spieth, Sean O’Hair and Jon Rahm.

Kisner birdied the first three holes on the back nine and had to save par on the 18th, following a wayward tee shot. But the 33-year-old held on to win his second tournament in 148 PGA Tour starts.

“You start questioning if you’re going to win again after a while,” Kisner said.

“Everybody was questioning if I was ever going to win. But I knew the way I was playing I going to give myself a ton of chances to win.

“That’s all you dream about, is having a chance coming down the last five holes. I’ve had that probably three or four times this year. It’s always fun, and you always handle it differently.”

Defending champion Spieth shot a bogey-free 65 after starting the day five adrift of overnight leader Webb Simpson.

Spieth produced birdies on the first two holes, before enduring several near misses after coming desperately close at three, nine and 12.

Simpson endured a miserable final day after bogeying the first and sinking just one birdie to finish in joint fifth at eight under.

 

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