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This Jordan Spieth putting blunder teed up a classic Kisner one-liner!

After Jordan Spieth missed a short putt at the Sentry Tournament of Champions, Kevin Kisner gave him some harsh advice from the broadcast booth…

 

Funny, outrageous, honest.

Kevin Kisner’s introduction to the NBC booth is already looking like a masterstroke.

From theorising that players without children play well at Kapalua to admitting to not having the patience to do AimPoint putting, there hasn’t been a dull moment yet.

His straight-talking style came at the expense of Jordan Spieth on Saturday night when the three-time major champion was negotiating a short putt.

“If I was going to help him, I’d tell him to speed it up a little bit on these and just knock it in. He knows how to make these,” Kisner said.

Spieth’s ball violently lipped out. Fans watching at home then heard Spieth’s frustrations about the wind and the grain of the green, so Kisner offered some simple advice.

“It’s three feet Jordan, just knock it in bud.”

If only putting was that simple. Nonetheless, Spieth still carded a 67 to trail by just two shots on 19-under-par heading into the final round.

Kevin Kisner: PGA Tour star back after lengthy break

Kisner withdrew from the Travelers Championship in June with illness and didn’t play again until September.

The 39-year-old took time away to reload after a patch of poor form. He hasn’t made a top 10 on tour since the 2022 QBE shootout and he’s missed eight cuts in that time as well.

With no injury of note, Kisner looks to be breaking into a new stage of his career while still being a member of the PGA Tour.

“I’m excited to have this opportunity with NBC Sports to watch the game of golf from the other side and comment on what I’m seeing on the course,” he said in December.

“I’ve always respected how Tommy Roy and NBC Sports’ golf production team presents golf on television.”

As well as the Sentry Tournament of Champions, he’s set to pick up the mic at the raucous WM Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale.

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Matt Chivers

Matt Chivers

Now on the wrong side of 25, Matt has been playing golf since the age of 13 and was largely inspired to take up the game by countless family members who played golf during his childhood.

Matt is a member at Royal Cinque Ports in Deal playing off a 5 handicap, just a pitching wedge away from his hometown of Dover where he went to school and grew up. He has previously been a member at Etchinghill and Walmer and Kingsdown in Kent.

Having studied history at the University of Liverpool, Matt went on to pass his NCTJ Exams in Manchester a year later to fulfil his lifelong ambition of becoming a journalist. He picked up work experience along the way at places such as the Racing Post, the Independent, Sportsbeat and the Lancashire Evening Post.

Matt joined NCG in February 2023 and is the website’s main source of tour news, features and opinion. He has reported live from events such as The Open, the Ryder Cup and The Players Championship, having also interviewed and spent time with some of the biggest names in the sport.

Consuming tour golf on what is a 24/7 basis, you can come to Matt for informed views on the game and the latest updates on the PGA Tour, DP World Tour, LPGA Tour, Ladies European Tour and LIV Golf.

What’s in Matt’s bag: Cobra LTDx LS driver, Cobra LTDx 3-wood, TaylorMade P7MC irons, Ping Glide 4.0 wedges, Odyssey putter.

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