Kevin Kisner Ends Embarrassing Losing Streak With Hard-Fought Six-Man Playoff Victory at Wyndham Championship

Published 08/15/2021, 3:42 PM EDT
Aug 15, 2021; Greensboro, North Carolina, USA; Kevin Kisner hits his approach shot on the ninth hole during the final round of the Wyndham Championship golf tournament. Mandatory Credit: Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports


Kevin Kisner is a four-time winner on the PGA Tour. The 37-year-old completed a birdie putt in the second playoff hole to emerge victorious at the 2021 Wyndham Championship. This victory might be the sweetest in Kisner’s career so far, considering he outplayed a field of five other golfers who entered the sudden-death playoff with him. 

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The Wyndham Championship leaderboard was a cliffhanger right from the start of the final round, and Russell Henley disappointingly crashed out on the last hole after being in contention for the majority of the day. 

Henley missed a short-putt on the 18th which would’ve forced a seven-man playoff at the Sedgefield Country Club. However, he ended up missing it, which opened up the room for six other players to try and grab victory. 

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Aug 13, 2021; Greensboro, North Carolina, USA; Kevin Kisner studies his putt on the eighteenth green during the second round of the Wyndham Championship golf tournament. Mandatory Credit: Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports

Kevin Kisner says he enjoyed the six-man playoff and the pressure

Kevin Kisner did not enter the playoff as a favorite. He shot a final-round 66 and pushed his way into the joint lead. The 37-year-old entered the playoff with an embarrassing 0-5 record but left the event with his first win. 

Kevin Kisner won it on the second playoff hole, but the match could’ve been done had Adam Scott perfected his 4-feet putt in the previous hole. Scott astonishingly missed, which paved the way for Kisner to make an effective attempt. 

Kisner’s wonderful approach shot created the chance for a birdie on the par-4 18th. He sent the ball to the right of the flagstick and drained the winning put for jubilation. The pressure was immense, but Kisner loved the occasion and was thrilled that he finally broke his playoff losing streak. 

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“It almost felt like we were at home playing a hit-and-giggle.” I mean, we can overanalyze this thing to death, but maybe there’s something to the fact that the guy who’s probably played in more late-Sunday afternoon six-somes than the others was the guy who won it,” Kisner said after the win

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Kevin Kisner shot 15-under at the 2021 Wyndham Championship and outplayed five other golfers in the second playoff hole to secure his fourth PGA Tour victory. The South Carolina native also vaulted to the 29th position in the 2021 FedExCup standings. 

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Arjun Athreya

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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at Essentially Sports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.

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