Kevin Kisner
Kevin Kisner
35-Year-Old Golfer
2018–19 Fantasy Outlook
Simply put, Kisner is just a bulldog. He doesn't look like your typical golfer, heck, he doesn't even look like an athlete, but more often than not, he gets the job done. Kisner's breakout season came in 2015 when he finished runner-up three times and earned over $3 million for the first time. He followed that up with wins in each of the next two seasons and he peaked with earnings of over $4.7 million in 2017. His production fell a bit last season, but not so much that it would indicate his game is regressing. Kisner should go in the first three-to-four rounds of a draft, but his number is always just too high to be a salary cap selection. His number is the lowest its been in the past four years however, so he's worth a look, but there probably isn't enough upside to justify his selection. Read Past Outlooks
T30 at Royal Portrush
July 22, 2019
Kisner fired a final round 73 on Sunday at the Open Championship.
A two-over-par final round put Kisner at even par for the tournament and in a tie for 30th place, a far cry from his runner-up placement last year. His performance at this year's Open Championship featured four rounds in the 70s and was highlighted by volatile play -- Kisner finished the tournament with 44 pars, 12 birdies, two eagles, 12 bogeys, and a pair of double bogeys. The American-born golfer has had a rough go of it in recent outings, placing in the top-20 just once over his last five appearances.
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Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Kevin Kisner
Majors Value Meter: The Open Championship
36 days ago
Len Hochberg ranks the field for this year's Open Championship at Royal Portrush where Rory McIlroy set the course record as a 16-year-old.
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83 days ago
Kevin Na, who excels on shorter courses, shot 4-under 66 on Sunday to beat Tony Finau by four strokes, for his third PGA win.
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88 days ago
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Kisner struggled to find his footing on the PGA Tour during his first two seasons, but he played well enough in his third full season on the PGA Tour to secure his card the following season and from there, everything changed. It's one of the more remarkable progressions on the PGA Tour in the past decade as Kisner went from a guy who never cracked the $1 million mark in his first three full seasons on the PGA Tour, to a guy who has now topped $3 million in each of his last three seasons. This past season was easily his best though as he picked-up a win, two runner-ups and a third-place finish. Though Kisner made a huge leap from season three to season four, and he made another nice leap this past season, it's hard to imagine Kisner can take it to yet another level next season. As such, he's not a great salary cap option this season.
Kisner made a huge jump between the 2014 and 2015 seasons; going from just under $1 million in earnings in his rookie season, to just over $3.5 million in his second season. It would have been easy to relax after such a season, but Kisner built upon that momentum and had his best season yet last year. He did earn more money the year prior, but last season, he picked-up that all-important first victory on the PGA Tour. Proving that was no fluke, he also scored another runner-up finish, his fourth in the past two seasons. Kisner appears to be the real deal, but is he capable of taking the next step this season? Possibly, but at his current price, he's probably not worth the risk in salary cap leagues. In draft leagues, he's a second- or third-round pick.
Kisner really struggled in his first two attempts on the PGA Tour, failing to earn even $400k in either attempt. Last year however he figured out enough to earn nearly $1 million. The jump in earnings is nice, but when you factor in his first two years on the PGA Tour, he's failed more than he's succeeded on the PGA Tour. He's young enough that he's likely still on his way up, but it's unlikely that the progression is anything major this year. As such, he's not a great salary cap option this year. In draft leagues he may go undrafted.
Kisner is fully exempt for this season after finishing first in the Tour Finals in 2013. He made the cut at the Masters and has a good shot at winning an event this season.
Kisner had his card for 2011 via Q-School, and although he showed next to nothing last year, there's always a chance he could fall into a Top-5 somewhere along the way. Kisner was a rookie last season, so perhaps he didn't adjust well to life on the PGA Tour, perhaps he'll play better the second time around.
Kisner didn't have a great season last year on the Nationwide Tour, but he ended very well. His two best start, a win and a runner-up, both came in the second half of the season. He'll need to start this season better, though, if he's to earn his card in 2012.
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MC in final Open prep
July 16, 2019
Kisner carded rounds of 70-71 at the Scottish Open to miss the cut by four shots.
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Cards just five bogeys all week
June 23, 2019
Kisner fired a three-under 67 on Sunday at the Travelers Championship to finish eight-under and tied for 15th.
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Fourth straight outside top-40
June 18, 2019
Kisner finished in a tie for 49th place after closing with a two-under 69 in the final round of the U.S. Open.
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Disappoints at Muirfield
June 3, 2019
Kisner posted an even-par 72 on Sunday to finish tied for 41st place at The Memorial Tournament.
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Looking to move on after Bethpage
May 21, 2019
Kisner easily missed the cut at the PGA Championship after rounds of 77-76.
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