Colt Knost has been a professional golfer since 2007. In 69 PGA Tour events, his best finish is a tie for third place at the 2012 Mayakoba Classic. At the end of the first round of the 2012 RBC Heritage, played April 12th at Harbour Town Golf Links, Knost finds his name at the top of a PGA Tour leaderboard for the first time in his career. He is a co-leader with Chad Campbell and Vaughn Taylor.
Colt Knost: A 26-year-old native of Garrettsville, Ohio, Knost turned pro in 2007 out of Southern Methodist University. His professional career has included two victories on the Nationwide Tour, but his time on the PGA Tour has been a struggle thus far. With only four top 25 finishes in 69 prior tournaments played, he is currently ranked #366 in the official world golf ranking. His tie for third place at the Mayakoba Classic may have been a sign that his fortunes are about to change.
Chad Campbell: A professional golfer since 1996, Campbell has claimed four PGA Tour titles in 296 previous events played. However, he has not won since the 2007 Viking Classic. He got his day going quickly in the first round at Harbour Town, with a birdie at the second hole, followed by consecutive birds at the fourth and fifth. With a current world rank of #195, this is Chad Campbell's first time holding a first round lead since the 2009 Masters.
Vaughn Taylor: Currently the world's 373rd ranked player, Taylor has two wins in 236 prior PGA Tour events. A native of Roanoke, Virginia, he turned pro right out of Augusta State University in 1999. 2012 has been a tough year for Vaughn Taylor, and he is playing in the RBC Heritage on a sponsor's exemption. He finished the first round with a 4-under par score of 67, by holing out from 103 yards away on his final shot of the day.
For the first time ever, Colt Knost is an overnight leader at a PGA Tour event. I hope he is able to sleep well and come back with another low score in Friday's second round.
Harold Andrews has played golf for nearly 50 years (competitively and recreationally) and considers Jack Nicklaus the greatest golfer of all time.