Knost Grabs Lead Entering Final Round of Hotel Fitness Championship


FORT WAYNE, Ind. — Colt Knost shot his third straight 5-under 67 on Saturday to take a one-stroke lead in the Hotel Fitness Championship, the first event in the Tour Finals.

Knost, the 29-year-old former SMU player who won the 2007 U.S. Amateur, had three birdies and eagled the par-5 12th at Sycamore Hills to reach 15 under. He was fourth last week in the Portland Open to finish 34th on the Tour’s regular- season money list.

Nos. 26-75 on money list and Nos. 126-200 in the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup standings are fighting for 25 2014-15 PGA Tour cards based on earnings in the four-event series.

The top 25 players on the money list earned PGA Tour cards last week. They are competing against each other for PGA Tour priority, with regular-season earnings counting in their totals and the final leader getting a spot in The Players Championship.

Second-round leader Sam Saunders and England’s Greg Owen were a stroke back.