Saturday, June 1, 2024

NBC Sports tabs fan-favorite PGA Tour player in surprising lead announcer twist

Curt Byrum, Paul McGinley, and 2006 U.S. Open champion Geoff Ogilvy have been associated with the lead analyst job for NBC Sports’ golf telecasts.

But in a surprising twist, none of these three accomplished players will fill the void left by Paul Azinger.

Instead, PGA Tour fan-favorite Kevin Kisner will be the lead analyst on NBC’s broadcasts of The Sentry and the Waste Management Phoneix Open.

“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,” Kisner said.

Denny McCarthy, Kevin Kisner, PGA Tour, The RSM Classic
Denny McCarthy and Kevin Kisner speak to each other during the 2023 RSM Classic.
Photo by Alex Slitz/Getty Images

“I’ve always respected how Tommy Roy and NBC Sports’ golf production team presents golf on television. I look forward to being a part of the broadcast team at The Sentry and the WM Phoenix Open and providing my insights to the viewers at home.”

A native of Aiken, South Carolina, Kisner has long been a fan-favorite on tour, mainly because of his funny sense of humor and Southern charm.

The 39-year-old Kisner has four career victories on the PGA Tour, with his most recent win coming at the 2021 Wyndham Championship. He also represented the United States at the 2017 and 2022 Presidents Cup. His best finish at a major championship came at Carnoustie in 2018, when he finished in a tie for second—two strokes behind Francesco Molinari.

“I have always found Kevin to be very forthright, honest, and fearless when sharing his thoughts and opinions about the game, whether it’s in a conversation on the driving range or during his pre- and post-round press conferences,” Tommy Roy, the lead producer for NBC Sports’ golf coverage, said.

“We think his style will translate well to the viewers at home and we’re excited to have him join the NBC Sports broadcast team at The Sentry and the WM Phoenix Open.”

Jack Milko is a golf staff writer for SB Nation’s Playing Through. Be sure to check out @_PlayingThrough for more golf coverage. You can follow him on Twitter @jack_milko as well.

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