Father's Day memories for Quinns and Kisners at the U.S. Open
Father's Day isn't until Sunday, but Kevin Kisner and his dad Steve made a little father-son memory on Friday.
Kisner was 8 over and certain to miss the cut in his first U.S. Open when he arrived at No 16, and a double bogey there convinced him to send his regular caddie Duane Bock into the crowd and turn the bib over to his dad for the final few holes.
"At first I was a little concerned about interfering with the group," Steve Kisner said. "One of the guys still had a chance to make the cut and I didn't want to change the flow. But Kevin insisted, and once he insisted I was glad to do it."
Steve Kisner has caddied for his son a few dozen times before, most recently at a mini-tour event. And the reason for his reluctance initially might have been about more than just bothering the other players.
"You weren't drinking a beer or anything out there, were you?" a reporter asked.
"Actually I had a couple out there," he admitted. "So I might be a good interview."
Telling a good story apparently runs in the family. Kevin Kisner and wife Brittany had their first child Monday, leaving Kevin just enough time to drive over from Aiken, South Carolina, and get in a few practice holes. Whatever free time he gained by missing the weekend play at Pinehurst will be devoted to looking after his new daughter – and Steve's fifth grandchild – Kate.
"Changing diapers before you came here?" someone asked.
"I got one in and that's it," Kevin Kisner said. "But I'm sure I'm going to get a lot more tonight."
"Are you pretty good?" came another follow-up.
"I'm not real sure," Kevin Kisner replied, "but we'll find out."
Fran Quinn, meanwhile, will get to spend some quality time with his son this weekend. The 49-year-old Web.com Tour player followed his opening 68 with a 74 that left him 2 over and easily inside the cut.
That means he'll get to play two more rounds with 15-year-old son Owen as his caddie.
"It's the U.S. Open. You go out there ... all the stands are packed, people are cheering for you," Quinn said. "People are rooting for you. People love the story. And, you know, it's pretty neat to see a father playing with his son caddying on the bag on Father's Day weekend."
The Associated Press contributed this report.
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