CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA – Kevin Kisner may be new to the top of the leaderboard in a major championship but he’s not new to Quail Hollow Club, where he shares the lead at the PGA Championship.
Now that he has posted matching 67s to be co-leader of the PGA Championship, Kisner expects Aiken to come to him.
His brother-in-law’s father is one of the founding members of the club and Kisner said he spent every Thanksgiving and Christmas in Charlotte until he got married and settled back his hometown of Aiken, S.C.
Kisner’s 93-year-old grandmother still lives on her own in Charlotte, and he knows his way around town and the club.
At heart, though, Kisner is happiest in Aiken, not far from Augusta, Ga.
“When I was playing mini-tours and I was broke, that’s the only place I could afford to buy a house and I went back there. I just love it,” Kisner said.
“I have a core group of friends that we hang out with that don’t pester me about golf and we hang out and have a couple beers on the back porch. That’s what I love about it.”
Kisner likes nothing more than heading out in the country where there’s no cell phone service and being with his boys. They fish and hunt and shoot some guns. There is beer involved.
Now that he’s posted matching 67s to grab the lead in the PGA Championship, Kisner expects Aiken to come to him.
“I love my core group of friends at home that they don’t ask me why I made bogey on the last hole that cost me 20 grand or anything like that. That’s why I hang out with them. They are a bunch of good dudes and I’m sure they will be up here having a good time this weekend,” Kisner said.