Kevin Kisner's tryout at The Sentry was mostly well received, but could the network do better? The First Call readers chime in
Question of the week [January 8-14]: Who do you believe should be NBC Sports' new golf analyst — if not Kevin Kisner, then who?
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From a content point of view, I prefer Paul McGinley. His scope of knowledge and insights are impressive. Despite that this is showbiz and the nod must go to the irreverent Kevin Kisner, who provides a higher entertainment component than the other candidates. The easiest person to listen too is the often overlooked Curt Byrum, who is truly excellent. There are no bad choices among those three. In my opinion all are a very significant upgrade over the previous NBC lead analyst.
Golf announcers tend to be lazy and rely on one theme. For example, Paul Azinger would cite "pressure" every time a green or putt was missed. Johnny Miller was good since he wasn’t part of the "in" crowd and could be critical at times. He called a shot before it was hit, not after.
The real issue is the producer/director of these events. They decide who is to be followed, etc. Any tournament that Tiger Woods is in, he will follow him from the parking lot to the driving range to the first tee. In those tournaments, the leaderboard is meaningless until Woods misses the cut or has finished his fourth round.
David Feherty was fine for short spurts, but not for a full tournament. Maybe Pat Perez, since he seems honest and would call out the slow play and the ludicrous process that these pros go through before hitting an unmoving ball. He would have a field day with the insufferable Keegan Bradley’s cha cha on the greens.
Poughkeepsie, New York
Kevin Kisner would be just fine with me.
I thought Kevin Kisner did a masterful job as he is obviously good friends with the current players whom he gave stories and background to get us to quickly know them better since most of the best known stars have left for LIV.
His comments on the adjusted turf use by the players was just one of his numerous educational comments. His remarks were not surly as were the previous seat.
I am old enough to think he has the same characteristics as Raymond Floyd and that’s who he reminds me of.
Frankly, most of us root for Kevin anyway and prefer that he return and soon succeed on the PGA Tour as did Camilo Villegas.
I recommend Nick Faldo and believe he would come back fresh.
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