The good news for Colt Knost is that he’s tied for fourth. The bad news is that he’s still six shots off the lead.
Still, Knost, who is even par through his first nine holes, is in position to have by far his best finish of the year.
In 15 starts, Knost, who just four years ago won the U.S. Amateur, has missed the cut eight times with his best finish a tie for 29th (at the Mayakoba Golf Classic and at The Honda Classic).
Since winning the Amateur, Knost has struggled professionally. He won twice on the Nationwide Tour in 2008 but failed to keep his PGA TOUR card following the 2009 season.
Knost bounced back with four top-10s on the Nationwide Tour last year, including a runner-up in the season-ending Nationwide Tour Championship at Daniel Island. But Knost has putted well this week -- he leads the field in putts per round -- and that’s made all the difference.