Check out the top five shots of the week from the RBC Canadian Open and Nationwide Children's Hospitals Invitational with highlights from J.B. Holmes, Kevin Kisner, Ben Kohles, Bo Van Pelt, and Scott Piercy.
By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
SCOTTSDALE., Ariz. – The good news? Kevin Kisner rolled in a 7-footer for birdie on the sixth playoff hole Tuesday to claim the final spot in the Waste Management Phoenix Open.
The bad? If he plays well and makes the cut at TPC Scottsdale this week, Kisner will end up missing his own bachelor’s party in Las Vegas. He’s already got a back-up plan, though.
“It just depends on how it goes,” Kisner said. “If I miss the cut I’ll probably still fly over there and go. If I play well, I may bring them all down here because you can drive (in about 4 ½ hours) and let them watch me play on Sunday and then watch the Super Bowl with them.”
Kisner is getting married to his college sweetheart, Brittany de Jarnett, on March 17. One of his best friends’ wedding is two weeks earlier, so they had planned a joint bachelors’ party in Las Vegas.
Shortly after he made the putt to eliminate Billy Horschel in the playoff on Tuesday, Kisner sent a tweet to his friends. @K_Kisner Have to put the bachelor party on hold in Vegas this weekend! Sorry fellas, we have parties enough though
Kisner says his buddies, eight of them, to be exact, understand his situation. This will be the fourth start of Kisner’s second year on TOUR and marks the first time he successfully Monday-qualified.
“They knew that was a part of it,” Kisner said. “When we were planning it I said this is the only (tournament) I know before (the wedding) that I’m not going to get into. So if y’all want to go this weekend, let’s do it.
“And then, it always works out that way and I end up getting in this week.”
The wedding, which will be held in Athens, Ga., where the two met at the University of Georgia, is the week of the Transitions Championship. The 400 people expected to attend don’t need worry, though – there won’t be any last-minute change of plans.
“I probably would get in (to the tournament) but it doesn’t matter,” Kisner said. “You only get married once, hopefully.”
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – The battle for the No. 1 spot on the PGA TOUR money list is off to a good start as Luke Donald and Webb Simpson have made the turn in 4 under and 2 under, respectively.
But another guy who stands to gain a lot at the Children’s Miracle Network Classic is the current leader, James Driscoll, who is playing the Palm Course and is 7 under through 12 holes. He’s one stroke ahead of Kevin Kisner, who is playing the more difficult Magnolia Course.
Driscoll started the week on the bubble for 2012 PGA TOUR cards, holding down the final all-exempt spot at No. 125. He’s $6,287 ahead of Bill Lunde, who still has a year left on his exemption for winning in 2010, and just over $12,000 up on last year’s q-school medalist, veteran Billy Mayfair.
Driscoll, who played at Virginia, is looking for his first PGA TOUR win. His best finish came earlier this year when he fired four rounds in the 60s and placed fifth at the Travelers Championship.
Kisner ranks 197th on the money list so he needs a big week, as well. The Nationwide Tour grad’s best finish of the year came last week at the McGladrey Classic when he tied for 26th.