It’s always great to see former Georgia Bulldogs go and win after Athens and that’s just what happened with a former UGA golf great.
Kevin Kisner had a very strong round Sunday and pulled off his second career victory by winning the Dean and Deluca Invitational. With 6 career second place finishes , 2 of which occurred this year, he had already shown that he can play with the best in the world . He proved Sunday that he can beat the best.
This win comes as no surprise to me. I’ve been expecting a breakout season from Kisner. He has been hanging around the top of PGA leader-boards for the past 2 years. He has the skills and potential to take the title of “Best UGA pro golfer in the world” from Bubba Watson, who seems to be on the decline lately. In fact, he may have done just that with his last win.
Kisner, who played on that great 2005 Georgia men’s golf team that won the national championship , had multiple birdies including 3 consecutive on the first 3 holes of the back 9 on Sunday. He finished at an impressive -10. That was one stroke better than 2nd place finishers top 10 world ranked Jon Rahm, Sean Ohair, and defending Dean and Deluca champion and golf superstar Jordan Spieth. They all 3 finished at -9. Webb Simpson, who came into the day leading the tournament, slipped a little on Sunday with a bogey at one point and finished right behind them at -8.
What’s next for Kisner?
This definitely won’t be the last we hear from Kisner this season. He is now ranked #7 in the FedEx Cup standings. I predict he will be the next UGA alumni golfer to win a Major. It will be no surprise to me if we see him battling for the lead on Sundays later this year at the U.S. Open and the PGA Championship.
The Dean and Deluca Invitational has been very kind to Dawg golfers. They have won 2 out of the last 3 with Kisner winning yesterday and fellow UGA golfer Chris Kirk winning it in 2015. Kirk was Kisner’s teammate on the ’05 Georgia men’s golf national championship team.