Kisner gives his dad the ultimate Father's Day gift
PINEHURST, N.C. – Kevin Kisner shot 12-over-par 75-77–152 at the U.S. Open and missed the cut in his first major championship. But his week was a very special one nonetheless.
Kisner’s wife, Brittany, gave birth to their first child, Kathleen Grace, on Monday afternoon, and he drove to the Open from Aiken, S.C., the next night. Then, when it was apparent he would miss the cut, he pulled his father Steve out of the gallery to caddie the last couple of holes.
The elder Kisner, who had consumed a couple of beers in the gallery during the round, initially declined the invitation to carry the bag. But his son insisted. Dad was glad Kevin wouldn’t take no for an answer.
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“Walking up 18 I choked up,” said Steve Kisner, who caddied for his son numerous times before Kevin joined the PGA Tour.
The third-year Tour professional played the last four holes in 5 over par, a stretch that included a three-putt double bogey at 16 and a three-putt bogey at 15. Hence, he and Steve won’t achieve their hope of spending Father’s Day together Sunday at the Open.
“But we’ll still have a good Father’s Day,” said Kisner, one of eight former Georgia Bulldog golfers in the Open field. “We’ll go to church and have lunch with the family. That’ll be just as special.”
Kisner got in only 12 practice holes in at Pinehurst No. 2, on Wednesday before a weather suspension. He said he learned at the Open that he can compete at the highest level, but that he just needs more repetitions. He got no argument from his father.
“It’s been a whirlwind week,” said Steve Kisner, who like his son lives in Aiken. “It didn’t turn out the way we wanted today, but I’m confident we’ll be back.”
The 30-year-old Kisner has two top-10 finishes on Tour. He has one this season, a tie for sixth at the Wells Fargo Championship, his lone finish better than 16th place in 20 starts.
But he doesn’t figure to focus much on golf the next few days.
“I'll forget all about this tournament by the time I walk in that front door,” Kisner said. “We’re going to watch our kid grow up this week.”