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Kisner out at Quail Hollow but says he’s back in at Palmetto Club

Kevin Kisner, pictured playing the 2016 RBC Heritage, says his suspension at Palmetto Club in Aiken was short-lived.
Kevin Kisner, pictured playing the 2016 RBC Heritage, says his suspension at Palmetto Club in Aiken was short-lived. The Island Packet

Aiken native and resident Kevin Kisner has one of his two pressing issues resolved.

He says his suspension from the private Palmetto Club in Aiken has been lifted, so that’s taken care of.

Now the 2006 Georgia grad needs to get his golf game back on track.

Kisner was a runner-up in playoffs three times last year in the RBC Heritage, Players Championship and Greenbrier Classic. Continuing his momentum from the 2014-15 season, he finished second in the WGC-HSBC Champions in China then won the RSM Classic for his first PGA Tour win in November early in the 2015-16 season.

But the success hasn’t continued into 2016.

Since a tie for fifth in the Sony Open in mid-January, Kisner has just one top-30 finish in eight events and has now missed three cuts after shooting 3-over 75-72–147 in the first two rounds of the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow Club.

“I’m playing pretty terrible,” Kisner said. “The last couple months have been pretty poor. I’m not scoring well and not giving myself enough chances to score well.

“I didn’t drive it good all week this week and it just played so long I didn’t drive it good enough to score. So I’ve got a lot to work on. I’ll go do that this weekend and get ready for [The Players Championship] next week.”

Kisner doesn’t believe he needs to do anything drastic to improve his results.

“I just need better scoring,” he said. “If you miss a green get up and down, when you hit it to 20 feet make them. I’m not doing that. That’s when golf seems easy. When you don’t get it up and down and miss all your 20-footers golf seems really hard. It’s just all momentum and knowing things are going to go well instead of hoping they go well.”

Regarding his suspension at Palmetto Club, which occurred after he and a few friends and members filmed a pre-Masters video at the club in which they drank beer, raced golf carts and generally had a good time, Kisner said all is well.

He said he has been playing and practicing at the club since he was a child and is building a house on a fairway.

“I’m back in,” he said. “It was short-lived after we had a few discussions and cooler heads prevailed, I think. I haven’t been there, but I’m allowed in. It was super odd. I was totally blindsided by it. I think we’ve learned and we’ll move past it.”

Alan Blondin: 843-626-0284, @alanblondin

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