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Why Jordan Spieth might get a laugh out of this brutal triple bogey from Kevin Kisner

February 29, 2024
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Chris Condon

Back in January, Kevin Kisner made his debut in the NBC/Golf Channel booth at The Sentry. He immediately showed off what he could bring to the table during Saturday evening's third round, when one of the contenders at Kapalua, Jordan Spieth, took a rather long time to hit a three-foot putt. And missed.

"It's three feet Jordan, just knock it in bud," Kisner deadpanned. The clip instantly set Golf Twitter aflame:

It was one of those "wow, he just said exactly what I was thinking" moments we crave from our sports analysts. No sugarcoating it. C'mon, Jorday, quit waddling over it and just pour it home. The comment earned universal praise, as most Kisner comments do. 

Even Spieth took it in stride, later revealing in a radio interview that he jokingly cursed Kisner out on the range the following day. The more sensitive types may have ignored him or cut him out entirely. But Jordan is a good sport. 

That said, you have to wonder if Spieth got a little chuckle out of an all-time "karma is a b---h" moment from the opening round of the Cognizant Classic, which Kisner is competing in this week at PGA National. At the par-4 16th, Kisner pulled his approach shot and then chipped his third to five feet, setting up a makeable par putt. Five feet is not exactly a "just knock it in, bud" situation, but it feels that way for a putter of Kisner's caliber. 

Kisner did not, in fact, knock it in for par. Or the ensuing two-footer for bogey. Or the four-footer for double.... 

Woof. In fairness, this does read like a situation where Kisner was actually trying to just quickly "knock it in," which would make him a man of his word. There's no video evidence to back it up, of course, but missing a two-footer means there was a decent chance he went up and rushed through it. Spieth has been known to do that here and there, too, so the more likely scenario is him sympathizing with Kiz as opposed to laughing at him.