Golf: Colt Knost

Ryan Palmer, Graham DeLaet share lead at Colonial

May, 24, 2013
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Colleyville's Ryan Palmer and Canadian Graham DeLaet share a one stroke lead at 9-under in the second round of the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial.

Annika Sorenstam joins Fitzsimmons & Durrett to discuss what it was like to play in the Colonial, the state of the game of golf and whether she thinks Tiger Woods will break Jack Nicklaus' record.

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Palmer, part of the afternoon wave of starters, has 15 holes remaining.

Play was delayed for a little over two hours in the early afternoon by lightning.

Four golfers are tied at 8-under. Of that group, Dallas’ Jordan Spieth, Josh Teater and Steve Flesch have completed their rounds. Matt Kuchar has 12 holes remaining.

The projected cut line will eliminate scores of even par and higher. Area pros on the wrong side of the cut line include Justin Leonard and Colt Knost.

Colt Knost prepares for challenging U.S. Open

June, 12, 2012

Former SMU golfer Colt Knost, who won the 2007 U.S. Amateur at Olympic Club, chatted with Michael Collins about the challenges this week at the U.S. Open.

Colt Knost in U.S. Open; Jordan Spieth next in line

June, 10, 2012
Former SMU golfer Colt Knost was added to the U.S. Open field, and Texas freshman and former Dallas Jesuit phenom Jordan Spieth is next in line.

The USGA sets aside five spots for players among the top 60 in the world rankings who don't qualify for the U.S. Open in other ways. Only two of those spots were needed, leaving openings for three alternates.

The first three alternates were Justin Hicks, Kyle Thompson and Knost. Speith moves up to the first alternate spot for the event, but he's running out of time. The first round tees off Thursday at The Olympic Club in San Francisco.

Colt Knost confident heading into Players

May, 9, 2012

Former SMU golfer Colt Knost feels a course like TPC Sawgrass suits his game for this week's Players Championship.

Knost, the 2007 U.S. Amateur Champion and U.S. Public Links champion, finished third earlier this season at the PGA Tour's RBC Heritage in Hilton Head, S.C.

SMU's Colt Knost jumps up FedExCup standings

April, 16, 2012
Former SMU golfer Colt Knost made the largest jump in the FedExCup standings of any golfer on the PGA Tour last week thanks to his third-place finish in the RBC Heritage in Hilton Head, S.C.

“It was big for me,” Knost said by phone, as he competed in the Payne Stewart Cup at Dallas Country Club on Monday, an annual SMU golf team tradition. “It’s exciting and disappointing at the same time because I had a chance to win. But I think I’ve made enough already in April to keep my card for next year and I’m playing well.”

Knost, 26, had a two-stroke lead heading into the weekend, but a triple bogey on the third hole on Sunday effectively ended his chances. To his credit, he was able to grind it out and finish third as he played with Carl Pettersson, who won the tournament.

“It was still a good week,” Knost said.

That attitude is why Knost believes he’s playing better. The 2007 U.S. Amateur Champion and U.S. Public Links champion has been working with sports psychologist Neale Smith for nearly a year now and Knost is “100 percent certain” he wouldn’t be competing as well if not for his sessions with Smith.

“Last year at Memorial I missed my third cut and my mom suggested I call someone,” Knost said. “I knew Neale, so I called. I’m glad I did.”

Smith explained to Knost that he was putting too much pressure on himself and essentially told the young golfer to take it easy.

“I was way too hard on myself,” Knost said. “Neale has helped me realize you’re not going to play your best every weekend. I’m pretty fortunate to play this game for a living. I want to sit back and enjoy it. I had a two shot lead going into the weekend, but my goal was to enjoy it. That’s all I tried to do.”

Knost said he’s pleased with how he plays and he could end up qualifying for The Players Championship. But he is in the field in San Antonio this week and committed to New Orleans and Charlotte. Knost said he’ll play in both the HP Byron Nelson Championship and the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial in May.

“I’m happy that I hung in this weekend,” Knost said. “That triple bogey last year would have ruined the whole tournament for me. But I stuck it out and finished third. You always want more, but it was a big week for me.”