Kisner, normally solid with his striking and his short game, has not contended since the week after the Masters, and he putted so poorly at the Greenbrier two weeks ago that he spent most of his time on putting when he arrived at Carnoustie.
"If I can keep it in the fairway, I feel like I can control my golf ball around the green", he said.
"That's why I tried to stay as aggressive as I possibly could even though I wasn't hitting the driver maybe as well as I could".
World number 33 Kisner has not finished better than equal 54th in three appearances at the Open, but is coming to terms with a type of game rarely played on the soft and lush courses of the US PGA Tour.
Finau, who now resides in Lehi, started his round at 3:31 a.m. MDT and made a 25-foot birdie putt on the par-4 18th hole after reaching the green in regulation from a fairway pot bunker.
"I would have taken 69 to start the day".
But although the 14-time major victor visibly winced after hitting his opening tee shot, that appeared to be the result of getting some dust from the dry ground in his eye and he went on to make an ideal start with a birdie from 10 feet.
Some clouds came in and the wind started blowing - if just a bit - as Tiger Woods played the early holes Thursday, making what had been a warm, sunny day seem a little more like a British Open.
Tiger Woods was"coached by rapper Big Shaq at Wembley Stadium
Things were going so well for Tiger Woods that he didn't have to mark a par putt until the eighth hole Thursday at Carnoustie. I said hello. He said "no worries".
No course is overly long for the powerful Finau, who averaged almost 350 yards off the tee, mostly with irons. The weather is expected to deteriorate on Friday with rain and winds picking up, which will make scoring a bit more hard on an already hard course. "You can't really expect to try and compete".
Some add that increased security around one of the world's best-attended sporting events and parking restrictions on streets near the course are damaging trade. Just not good enough.
"But unless you actually know what's happening, I just really don't take any notice of it".
Pádraig Harrington, the defending Carnoustie champion, was one-under after eight holes.
"I don't see the winning score being any better than it was in 2007 with [Friday's] forecasted tough conditions and Sunday's forecasted heavy winds".
"You've got to kind of hang in out there and hope to make a few birdies every now and again".
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