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Top 30 Golfers for the 2016 Majors: No. 18 Kevin Kisner

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They’re the cream of the major championship crop, circa 2016 — the Athlon Major Championship Dream Team. Leading up to The Masters, we'll be unveiling Athlon Sports’ 30 players to watch for majors season, with commentary on each from the Golf Channel’s Gary Williams.

No. 18: Kevin Kisner

Born: Feb. 15, 1984, Aiken, S.C. | Career PGA Tour Wins: 1 | 2015 Wins (Worldwide): 0 | 2015 Earnings (PGA Tour): $3,567,939 (20th) | World Ranking: 22

Gary Williams' Take: A player who ended 2014 ranked 238th in the world and in a state of PGA Tour anonymity entered 2016 ranked 17th coming off his first win on Tour at the RSM Classic in November 2015. Kisner had four second-place finishes in 2015 before finally breaking through at Davis Love’s event at Sea Island. Kisner has grinded his way to a prominent spot on Tour working with swing instructor John Tillery, and he told me right after his first win that representing the USA in the Ryder Cup was a career goal he wanted to achieve in 2016. Kisner doesn’t have any stats that jump off the page, but he carries himself as a player with confidence and belief, as evidenced by the second shots he struck on the final holes of the Heritage and the Players Championship. Kisner is now on everyone’s radar, and it’s exactly where he thinks he belongs.

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Major Championship Résumé
Starts: 4
Wins: 0
2015 Performance:
    Masters - DNP
    U.S. Open – T12
    British Open – Cut
    PGA Championship – Cut
Best Career Finishes: 
    Masters - n/a
    U.S. Open - T12 (2015)
    British Open - Cut (2015)
    PGA Championship - Cut (2015)
Top-10 Finishes: 0
Top-25 Finishes: 1
Missed Cuts: 3

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