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Kisner hopes return to match-play format will put him in Ryder Cup frame

By Frank Pingue

(Reuters) – Defending champion Kevin Kisner has a terrific report in singles matches on the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play and hopes a return to that format this week in Austin, Texas, will jumpstart his sport and get him into the Ryder Cup dialog.

Kisner completed runner-up at Austin Country Club in 2018 and returned the next 12 months to safe the largest win of his profession however neither exhibiting was sufficient to get him on the U.S. workforce for the 2018 Ryder Cup in Paris or 2019 Presidents Cup in Melbourne.

“I think the big thing is there’s courses for horses and the only one that I really felt really good about going to play was in Australia… and probably Paris a few years ago,” Kisner stated on Monday.

“Both those courses I felt like I could compete on, but I didn’t show enough to the captains leading up to deserve a pick, so the only way to fix that is to do it on your own merit.”

This 12 months’s Ryder Cup will be held in September at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wisconsin.

Kisner has competed solely 5 occasions in 2021, due in half to a call to spend extra time together with his household after he and his spouse had their third baby in February, and he’s coming off a missed minimize on the Players Championship.

But world quantity 36 Kisner hopes a busier schedule in the weeks forward will deliver a couple of return to kind that when had him as excessive as 14 in the rankings.

“This is my stretch right here; starting in Austin I’m getting ready to play five of the next six and then continue on through the summer where I like to play a lot of golf,” stated Kisner. “So hopefully this is another turning point for me to get the game rolling.”

Kisner will face world quantity two Justin Thomas, former British Open champion Louis Oosthuizen and world quantity 57 Matt Kuchar in round-robin play in Austin the place the winner of every group advances to a 16-player knockout part.

“I enjoy the difference in strategy, I enjoy playing one-on-one, not just playing the golf course,” stated Kisner.

“I enjoy changing up through the round how the match is unfolding, a lot of different variations throughout the day, and I enjoy having to make a few pressure-packed putts to keep the momentum on your side.”

(Reporting by Frank Pingue in Toronto; modifying by Clare Fallon)

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