Kevin Kisner Holds off Jordan Spieth to Win 2017 Dean & Deluca Invitational

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistMay 28, 2017

FORT WORTH, TX - MAY 28:  Kevin Kisner celebrates after sinking a par putt on the 18th green to win the DEAN & DELUCA Invitational on May 28, 2017 in Fort Worth, Texas.  (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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Kevin Kisner was off the green after two shots on the par-four 18th with a narrow one-stroke lead over Jon Rahm, who was set for a birdie putt.

It appeared as if the twosome was hurtling toward a tiebreak during Sunday's final round of the Dean & Deluca Invitational at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas, but Kisner scrambled for the par and benefitted from Rahm's miss to end the tiebreak threat. After Webb Simpson's bogey on the same hole, Kisner clinched the title.

Here is a look at the top 10, as well as the prize-money payouts, per ESPN.com:

1Kevin Kisner-10$1.242 million
T2Jordan Spieth-9$515,200
T2Sean O'Hair-9$515,200
T2Jon Rahm-9$515,200
5Webb Simpson-8$276,000
6Danny Lee-7$248,400
T7Steve Stricker-6$215,050
T7Brian Harman-6$215,050
T7Scott Piercy-6$215,050

The full leaderboard can be found on the PGA Tour's official website.

Kisner maintained the lead and win with the pressure-packed scramble, but he won the tournament on the turn after Sunday's front nine. He followed up two birdies and a bogey on the front with birdies on Nos. 10, 11 and 12 before another on No. 15.

He started the streak with a beautiful putt:

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Kisner from waaaaay back! He joins @jordanspieth in 2nd by one stroke. #QuickHits https://t.co/uKDnmcjb5v

Kisner's bogey on No. 16 opened the door for Rahm, who shook off an early bogey with birdies on Nos. 14 and 17 to put himself a single stroke behind entering the final hole. His wild approach shot on No. 17 put even more pressure on the leader:


Jon Rahm has all the shots. #QuickHits https://t.co/Jtf5td3KEI

However, his birdie putt on No. 18 went wide, ending his chances.

Rahm wasn't the only one applying pressure to Kisner. Jordan Spieth was in hot pursuit throughout Sunday's round and even temporarily seized the lead at times. He shot a blistering five-under par for the day and wasted little time leaping into contention with birdies on Nos. 1, 2 and 5.

He made a statement to the rest of the contenders he was here to challenge for a title, but he couldn't muster up enough birdies to capture the crown and instead settled for 13 pars.

While Kisner, Rahm and Spieth made plenty of noise Sunday, it was Simpson who held the lead entering the final round. However, two bogeys and just one birdie doomed him to a fifth-place finish, when all it would have taken was a two-under-par performance to win the tournament.

Mike McAllister of the PGA Tour's official website noted Simpson had just one top-10 in 16 starts this season before the tournament, so the 2012 U.S. Open winner can at least take solace knowing he played better than the majority of his campaign to this point.

Elsewhere, 50-year-old Steve Stricker turned back the clock with a seven-under 63 Sunday. He was an afterthought coming into the final round at one over par, but eight birdies and one bogey gave him a top-10 finish as well and what the PGA Tour called the "round of the day":


First 3 rounds: 6 birdies. Final round: 8 birdies. @stevestricker with the round of the day. #QuickHits https://t.co/5mvHeLtitk

The shot of the day went to Brian Stuard, who tallied a hole-in-one on No. 16 as part of a head-turning back nine. He had four birdies and the eagle on those last nine holes, but three bogeys and a double-bogey throughout the round were too much to overcome even though he had four more birdies on the front.


🚨 ACE ALERT 🚨 Brian Stuard bounces one in at 16! #QuickHits https://t.co/XBXEHeEMnz

While Stuard thrilled with his ace, Kisner seized momentum heading into the summer portion of the schedule with a steady performance in the face of a number of challengers.

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