The one player you should unequivocally be rooting for this weekend in Phoenix

Jim 'Hard K' Knous is set to bring his career as a full-time professional golf career to an end at the iconic PGA Tour event.

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Sat, 10 Feb 2024
The one player you should unequivocally be rooting for this weekend in Phoenix

The Waste Management Phoenix Open will almost certainly not be won by Jim Knous but he undoubtedly deserves your support as he brings his professional golf career to an end this weekend. 

Knous is now 34 years old and has finally decided the life of professional golfer is not for him anymore as he has three young children and no guaranteed income. 

Later this month he will take up his first full-time job with equipment manufacture, PING, as an engineer after years on the road. 

It would not be an understatement to say he is the very definition of a grinder.

You can read more about his career from this report by Ryan French aka MondayQInfo on X. 

The report dives deep into his story. It is a tale that is common but nevertheless inspiring: injuries, doubt, persistence, success. 

According to the report, Knous spent 197 days on the road in 2022. 

Knous was a Monday Qualifier into the Waste Management Phoenix Open and made the cut here on the number. 

It included this moment he will likely never, ever forget:

The golfer's friends and family also had to scramble to make it to Phoenix to watch his one last hurrah. 

His father got visibly emotional as he talked about his son's swan song. "Thanks for the ride," he said. 


Knous will end his PGA Tour with 44 official starts on the North American circuit. 

Of those starts he has made 20 cuts, posted one top-10 finish and earned $822,515 in official prize money.

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