In the middle of today’s six-man playoff at the 2021 Wyndham Championshp, Kevin Kisner was shaking his head at how hard it was to win on the PGA Tour, evidenced by his 0-5 record in playoffs. Kisner survived on the first hole with a near hole-out chip from 30 metres away, plus a remarkable missed short putt by Adam Scott.
Never known as a long hitter (he’s ranked 167th in driving distance), the gritty Kisner, after sneaking his drive past the big-bombing Adam Scott on the second extra time playing the 18th, stuck his approach to three feet and drained the winning birdie. Kisner actually averaged 277 metres (303 yards) off the tee for the week, 14 metres longer than his season average.
Kisner won with an all-around effort, hitting 81 percent of the greens for the week, and gaining 1.286 strokes putting on the final day. He birdied two of his final three holes in regulation, including putts of 11 feet on 16 and a wedge to less than two feet on 17.
He got around Sedgefield Country Club with a bag that was also an all-around mix of old and new. While he’s experimented with different Odyssey putters this year, including a one-week try with an armlock model at the RBC Heritage, Kisner remained among the best putters on tour, finishing the year ranked 12th in strokes gained putting.
At Wyndham, he was sporting the Odyssey EXO Seven, the same two-pronged shape he used in his most recent PGA Tour win, the 2019 WGC–Dell Match Play. The rest of his bag was the same kind of all-around mix-and-match of old and new. That included Callaway’s current Epic Speed 3-wood and a Great Big Bertha driver that’s been an on-again off-again favourite of his since it was first introduced in 2015. That also happened to be the year Kisner lost three of the first six PGA Tour playoffs he would be in. After navigating his way through five other players in the playoff and five missed chances in playoffs, his closing putt now seems worth the wait and, as it turns out, not all that hard.
The clubs Kevin Kisner used to win the 2021 Wyndham Championship:
Ball: Titleist Pro V1
Driver: Callaway Great Big Bertha, 8.5 degrees (Fujikura Motore X F1 6X shaft)
3-wood: Callaway Epic Speed, 15 degrees
Hybrid: Callaway Apex Pro, 18 degrees
Irons (3-4): Callaway Apex UT; (5-9): Callaway Apex Pro
Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM8 (46 degrees); Callaway Jaws Forged (52 degrees); Titleist Vokey Design Prototype (60 degrees).
Putter: Odyssey EXO Seven
PHOTO: Jared Tilton