Hogan would have approved of Kisner

FORT WORTH, Texas – Just the other side of the Fort Worth railhead at Shady Oaks Country Club, that famously truncated notion from the Hawk is engraved on a plaque under the famous tree where Hogan would spend hours looking for answers.

It gives some insight into why Hogan was the Hawk, a perfectionist with a singular focus to hone an action, the golf swing, that defies such lofty ideals.

It also provides an interesting comparison to Kevin Kisner’s Sunday display at the Dean & DeLuca Invitational. Although Kisner would never be confused for Hogan – and, in truth, he doesn’t have much interest in such historical things – but his final-round performance was something straight out of “Five Lessons: The Modern Fundamentals of Golf,” Hogan’s seminal take on the golf swing.

At Hogan’s Alley – one of three similarly named places, actually – Kisner was first in the field in fairways hit (40 of 56) and second in greens hit in regulation (53 of 72) on his way to a 10-under 270 total and a one-stroke victory over defending champion Jordan Spieth, Sunday staple Jon Rahm and Sean O’Hair.

But beyond his tee-to-green play what was truly Hogan-esque was Kisner’s dogged attitude at Colonial.

After starting the day three strokes behind 54-hole front-runner Webb Simpson, Kisner made the turn at 7 under, two strokes clear on an increasingly crowded leaderboard.

“At the turn I was handing him a new golf ball and he said, ‘Give me one that will go 5 under,’” said Kisner’s caddie, Duane "Dewey" Bock.

Kisner would manage only a 3-under closing loop, but it turned out to be enough for his second PGA Tour victory.

Source : The Golf Channel

posted at 29 May 2017 09:08:40



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