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ATLANTA — Kevin Kisner played like he needed to catch a plane.

Actually, it was a helicopter.

Kisner flew around East Lake Golf Club in just 64 shots on a sun-drenched Saturday and shot up the leaderboard in the third round of the season-ending Tour Championship and the FedExCup Playoffs finale. Kisner moved to 10 under through 54 holes, two shots out of the lead set by Paul Casey, who signed for a 65. Kisner is tied with rookie Xander Schauffele (65). There’s a gap of three shots back to fourth place, where Brooks Koepka (68), Patrick Reed (69) and Justin Thomas (70) reside.

Just as importantly to Kisner, he would make the 7 p.m. (ET) opening kickoff of the Mississippi State-Georgia football tussle in Athens, Ga. If he had been forced to drive, it would have taken him 90 minutes to get to Sanford Stadium in good traffic and that would have put him in jeopardy of missing the first quarter. Bad traffic? The first half would be in jeopardy.

Knowing he had a late tee time for the third round, Kisner put out a plea on Twitter Friday night asking if anyone had a helicopter in Atlanta. Turns out Thomas has a friend involved with Helicopter Express — a locally based company — and arrangements were made.

So the graduate of Georgia quickly signed his scorecard for his 6-under 64 and dashed to the locker room for a quick shower. He was driven less than two minutes to the nearby Charlie Yates Golf Course’s driving range, hopped into the helicopter and was in the air by 6:10 p.m.

The ride was expected to take 30 minutes — landing in plenty of time for Kisner to grab a seat and cheer on his beloved Bulldogs.

“Going to pull the Dawgs through, the good Dawgs,” Kisner said.

Kisner said he will return Saturday night to Atlanta — on a helicopter — and will start focusing on his chances to win the FedExCup and the $10 million bonus. It’s already been Kisner’s best year — he won his second title at the Dean & Deluca Invitational at Colonial, made the U.S. squad for next week’s Presidents Cup, and he and his wife, Brittany, welcomed their second child into the world, Henry James, on Sept. 8. A double dip on Sunday —…