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The Tour Report

June 9 2011

4:50 PM

Kisner off and running in Memphis

If not for a bogey on No. 17, Kevin Kisner would be alone atop the leaderboard at TPC Southwind. With that lone bogey dropping him to 4-under though, Kisner will have to settle for a share of the early lead with John Merrick and Kris Blanks at the FedEx St. Jude Classic. His 4-under 66 was the first sub-70 opening round of the rookie’s career. “It's always tough to get off to a good start, Kisner said. “You can't win it on Thursday but you can sure lose it.” Kisner won the Mylan Classic last year en route to an 11th place finish on the Nationwide Tour money list to secure his 2011 PGA TOUR card. He’s made three cuts in 12 starts, with his best finish a tie for 39th at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am in February. Three of his fellow Nationwide Tour graduates -- Keegan Bradley, Jhonattan Vegas and Brendan Steele -- have already won as rookies on TOUR this year. Kisner knows he has work to do if he wants to become the fourth. “I gave myself a good shot at it,” he said. “Look forward to getting it back going tomorrow.”