Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Hey, Remember Colt Knost?

Colt had a hell of a summer last year. He became only the second player ever (Ryan Moore the other) to win the US Am Pub Links and US Am in the same year. He had a decision on his hands - stay an amateur and take the free invites to the majors as a result of the wins, OR turn professional, lose the invites, and try to earn your way into the upper echelon. He chose the later, and it really has not paid off for him.

Dena Davis took note of that this week - don't think I haven't too - and so I'm going to use her writing to pull another I Called It! It is my second this year after Tadd Fujikawa's struggles.

I’m reminded this week of his perhaps not-so-smooth decision to go pro last fall and forfeit his U.S. Pub Links Amateur Champion spot at Augusta National next month. (In September, Knost picked payday over a few months of patience -- and pimento sammiches at the most coveted invite in golf.) Well, this week, we find our Colt hero in the Bay Hill field on a sponsor's exemption. Since going pro, he's earned only a small cache of money and has not seen much success – making just two cuts in four starts (two on the Nationwide, two on the PGA TOUR). In fact, Tom Scherrer has had a more productive and lucrative past six months.

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