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No joy for Australians as Kevin Kisner wins second PGA Tour title

Kevin Kisner wins his second PGA Tour title. (Photo: Getty Images)
There was not a lot of joy for the Australians at the Dean and Deluca Invitational at the Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth in Texas with Curtis Luck and Marc Leishman doing best when they shared 34th position in the historic PGA Tour event.

For Luck, though, it was his second cut made and second cheque in three starts as a professional and he will now head to Columbus in Ohio where he has yet another invite at this week’s Memorial Tournament.

It was a solid week for tournament invitee Curtis Luck.

New Zealander Danny Lee, however, banked yet another good finish to follow up his 5th place in Dallas a week ago. Lee tied for 6th after heading into the final round in a share of second position and has turned a very ordinary start to the year around over the last two weeks in what is his adopted home state.

Other Australians in the event, Geoff Ogilvy and Matt Jones, also made the cut but finished well back.

The tournament was won by Kevin Kisner who secured his second PGA Tour title with a one-shot victory over Jordan Spieth, Sean O’Hair and John Rahm. Kisner fired his approach to the 72nd hole well beyond the green, then elected to putt from the fringe before holing a five-foot par putt to hold on for the victory.

Kisner’s other victory on the PGA Tour came at the RSM Classic in 2015 but he has also had runner-up finishes at the Players Championship and the WGC-HSBC Champions. His win at Colonial will move him from 45th position in the World rankings to just outside the top 20.

For Rahm, his amazing rookie season continues with his sixth top 10 in addition to his win at the Farmers Insurance Open. The Spaniard will move into the top 10 in the World rankings for the first time in his career after beginning the year in 137th position, his finish today likely to move him to eighth.

Spieth bounced back from two consecutive missed cuts while O’Hair continues his return towards the elite of the game after being one of golf’s most promising players in the late 2000s.

The PGA Tour will now head to the Memorial Tournament where three Australians have earned invites to the event. Curtis Luck, Brett Coletta and Ryan Ruffels will all look to take advantage of an opportunity to advance the cause of their fledgling careers.

They will join, amongst others, Australia's two leading players Jason Day and Adam Scott.

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