AUGUSTA — Kevin Kisner didn't mind starting his round on the back nine on Sunday. He's had much more success on that portion of the course at Augusta National Golf Club, and it was no different in the final round.
Kisner made four birdies on what's usually the closing nine, including his fourth in as many rounds on No. 15. He made the turn at 4 under on the round and 6 under for the tournament. He was tied for 16th at the time.
"That's the only nine holes I can play on this golf course, so I enjoy starting over there," Kisner said. "I've got to figure out a way to get a few lower scores on that front nine."
His front nine was relatively tame compared to the previous three rounds. He made a birdie on No. 3, but a double bogey on No. 7 dropped him back to 5 under, which was where he'd finish his fourth Masters Tournament.
He was between clubs on his approach shot on No. 7 and hit what he described as not a very good shot.
It will still go down as his best showing at Augusta National. He broke 70 for the second time in 12 rounds on Thursday and matched that round of 69 with another on Sunday.
"I'm learning more every year about this place, and I know I can compete," Kisner said. "I just have to have a lot of things go my way, and I haven't had that yet."
Kisner flirted with his first top-20 finish, but his T21 is still the highest his name has been on the leaderboard at the end of the Masters.
"My best Masters by far, and I had a good chance to shoot a low number today, so I can build on that for years to come," He said.