Colt Knost, the former SMU golfer and reigning U.S. Amateur champion, looks like someone who could pick up a nice payday at this week's Mayakoba Classic at Playa del Carmen, Mexico. That is the PGA Tour's alternate stop this week, for golfers who did not qualify for the WGC-Match Play event.
Knost, a rookie on the Nationwide Tour, opened with a 70 and is positioned in the top half of the leaderboard heading into today's second round. The 22-year-old turned pro last fall, posting a best finish of 38th in four professional appearances at PGA Tour events. Based on the field in Mexico, I'm guessing Knost could crack the top 30 this week and make some headway toward earning his tour card for next season.
_ Jimmy Burch