Kevin Kisner
Kevin Kisner
37-Year-Old Golfer
2019–20 Fantasy Outlook
When you win a WGC event, it sets you up for a solid season, no matter how you play the rest of the way. Kisner won the match-play event early in the season and while he didn't play all that great the rest of the season, he still managed to clear over $3.4 million in earnings. The win at the match-play event will be tough to duplicate however as will such a huge check, which makes Kisner tough to draft in salary cap formats this season. Read Past Outlooks
Leans on short game at Kapalua
January 11, 2021
Kisner fired a five-under 68 on Sunday at the Sentry Tournament of Champions to finish 14-under and tied for 24th.
Kisner saved his best for last at the Kapalua Resort, recording six birdies to just one bogey en route to his best score of the week as he joined the top-25 late. He lost over three strokes off the tee while ranking 41 of 42 in driving distance, though he finished seventh in SG: Putting and ninth in putts per GIR. He'll drop two spots to No. 28 in the Official World Golf Ranking, but Kisner's now posted three top-25s in four starts dating to the ZOZO Championship. Next up for Kisner is the Sony Open, where he's finished top-5 in three of his last five showings at Waialae Country Club.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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.
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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Comes up short in playoff
November 22, 2020
Kisner closed with a final round seven-under 63 at the RSM Classic, losing in a playoff to Robert Streb.
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Fourth in SG: APP at ZOZO Championship
October 26, 2020
Kisner fired a six-under 66 on Sunday at the ZOZO Championship to finish 16-under and tied for 14th.
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Second straight top-four finish
August 23, 2020
Kisner closed with a five-under 66 on Sunday to grab a share of fourth place at the Northern Trust.
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Finishes T3 at Wyndham
August 16, 2020
Kisner shot a six-under 64 on Sunday at the Wyndham Championship to finish in a tie for third place.
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Ties for 19th in San Francisco
August 11, 2020
Kisner closed with a three-under 67 on Sunday at the PGA Championship to finish five-under and tied for 19th.
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