Atlanta, GA (WJBF) — Aiken’s Kevin Kisner is teeing up at the season ending Tour Championship for the first time in his career. He called it a “dream goal” at his pre-tournament press conference Wednesday afternoon at East Lake Golf Club. Of course by making it into the Tour Championship, he also achieves another career goal, qualifying for the Masters.
“It’s always been a dream,” Kisner said Wednesday about the chance to play in the Masters for the first time. “It all culminated so fast. I’ve gone from an average tour player to a top 40 guy in the world. Maybe I’ll have more time to reflect this offseason.”
Kisner is having a fantastic season on the PGA Tour. He enters the final tournament 18th in FedEx Cup points. He has 6 top 10 finishes and 3 well publicized 2nd place finishes (all 3 were in playoffs). It’s a far cry from just a couple of years ago when he was struggling just to make it on the PGA Tour. “When I was 180th in FedEx Cup points, and can’t bust a cut, I wondered is that what I should be doing. Hard work and perseverance paid off.”
It certainly has. Kisner is guaranteed over $300,000 in this week’s event, and he’s already earned nearly $3.5 million this season. The scenario for Kisner to win the FedEx Cup (and the $10 million bonus that goes with it) is not easy. He must win the Tour Championship and Jason Day must finish T11 or worse, Jordan Spieth must finish 5th or worse, Rickie Fowler must finish in a 3-way tie for 3rd or worse, Henrik Stenson must finish 3rd or worse, and Bubba Watson must finish in a 3-way tie for 2nd or worse.