StatsJuly 6, 2015

Kevin Kisner is the best in the world . . . at losing in playoffs

Poor Kevin Kisner. In less than three months, he's lost three playoffs following his latest close call at The Greenbrier Classic. Even Greg Norman must feel bad for him.

If you're saying, "That seems like an awful lot of playoffs for one guy to be involved in," you're right! In fact, Kisner is just the fourth active PGA Tour pro to have played in three playoffs in a single season, according to Golf News Net.

Kisner joins Steve Elkington (1992), Sergio Garcia (2008), Bill Haas (2011) and Webb Simpson (2011) on this rare list. The difference is all four of those guys at least one won of their attempts in extra holes.

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Instead, after being eliminated on the first sudden-death hole on Sunday in West Virginia, Kisner fell to 0-3. He previously lost to Jim Furyk at Harbour Town and to Rickie Fowler at the Players.

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In contrast, Bubba Watson won the week before at the Travelers Championship to run his career playoff record to a sparkling 5-1. And Tiger Woods is an incredible 11-1 in his career on tour.

Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer share the record for most wins in playoffs with 14, but both also had 10 losses. Ben Hogan holds the record for most playoff losses with 12, so Kisner has a long way to go. But he also has a long way to go to match the Hawk's eight playoff wins. Norman, who lost in a playoff at all four majors, lost seven of his first eight playoffs on the PGA Tour before finishing with a 4-8 career record.

So many playoff losses -- especially in such a short period -- can't be good for your health. In fact, Kisner already acknowledged he "drank" when asked what he did to cope with his first two heartbreakers. Of course, those two were probably tougher to handle.

At Harbour Town, Kisner birdied the first extra hole, but so did Furyk, who also birdied the second to end his long winless drought. At the Players, Kisner played the three-hole aggregate playoff in one under to tie with Fowler. Then Fowler birdied the 17th hole again to beat Kisner's par. Dagger.

"It's tough to win out here, man. I've had a heckuva year," Kisner said after his third P-2 finish on Sunday. "If I keep playing like this, I'll get plenty of wins."

That's right, Kevin. Keep posting the low 72-hole score at tournaments and eventually you'll have to win. We think.

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