Paul Casey

Kisner, Matsuyama are tied at halfway point of the PGA

Kisner, Matsuyama are tied at halfway point of the PGA

He was the basketball player who wasn’t tall enough, the football player who got crushed. So Kevin Kisner, a feisty sort who enjoyed the camaraderie and competition of team sports, took the advice of a high school coach who told him, “I think you ought to stick to golf.”

For a while, lacking confidence in his ball-striking — the very essence of the game — it seemed he was stuck with golf. “I was like, ‘I got no chance the way I’m hitting it,’” Kisner said of his early days as a pro in the sport’s minor leagues.

He has a chance now, a chance to win a major, the PGA Championship. With a bit of arrogance and a great deal of determination, and the help of teaching pro John...

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