Pro golfer makes CLUTCH EAGLE at Bermuda Champs to keep Tour status

Jim Knous is making the final appearance on his PGA Tour medical exemption this week and he hung on by a thread on Friday.

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Sat, 30 Oct 2021

Pro golfer makes CLUTCH EAGLE at Bermuda Champs to keep PGA Tour status

Jim Knous entered the week at the Butterfield Bermuda Championship needing a finish of 67th or better to earn his full Korn Ferry Tour status. 

He also needed this finish to earn conditional status on the PGA Tour. Essentially, there was a lot on the line for the 31-year-old.

Knous shot a first-round score of 76, putting himself on 5-over-par for the tournament and under extreme pressure to make the cut, which eventually stood at level par.

He began in ideal fashion on Friday, making five birdies in his first 10 holes. But by the 17th, after making three bogeys, he was 3-under-par for the day and 2-over-par for the tournament.

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With nerves of steel and ice running through his veins, Knous eagled the 17th hole at Port Royal to get back to level par, which was enough to make the cut.

He is 11 shots behind the leader Taylor Pendrith, but all he is focused on is obtaining a finish of tied 67th or better to earn his Korn Ferry Status and his conditional PGA Tour membership.

"The pressure is immense. I've just dealt with it for two years now, it's just been weighing on me," said Knous after his second round.

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"It's tough for my family - I'm just proud to be fighting on and have my family's support, it just means a lot to me."

Knous is in the same boat as many players this week, on the cusp of earning PGA Tour or Korn Fery Tour status. It is set to be an exciting weekend in Bermuda.

 

 

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