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February 1 2012

6:03 PM

Kisner qualifies, has to change plans

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.”

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