Clark and Knous Show Mettle in PGA TOUR Events

Wyndham Clark during the Sanderson Farms Open.
Wyndham Clark during the Sanderson Farms Open.

Two Colorado natives, Wyndham Clark and Jim Knous, are showing they have the games to compete with golf’s elite.

Clark, a Valor Christian graduate who as a University of Oregon senior won the 2017 Pac-12 individual championship, smoked the field by four shots in a Tour Q-school tournament on Friday in Murrieta, Calif.

Clark shot a 17-under-par 271, with rounds of 66-66-69-70 at the Jack Nicklaus-designed Bear Creek Golf Club. The victory advances him to the Final Stage of qualifying Dec. 7-10 at the Whirlwind at Wild Horse Pass in Chandler, Ariz. The top 45 players and ties receive exempt status.

The win capped off a stellar week for the 23-year-old Clark. Playing on a sponsor’s exemption in the PGA TOUR’s Sanderson Farms Championship Oct. 26-29 at Jackson Country Club in Jackson, Miss., Clark shot a 7-under-par 281, good enough for 17th place and $68,800. His opening-round 66 tied him for the lead with eventual Champion Ryan Armour, who finished at 19-under.

The tournament marked his best finish in the six starts he’s made on the PGA TOUR since finishing up at Oregon. He tied for 51st at July’s Quicken Loans National, the only event in which he made the cut.


Jim Knous
Jim Knous

Knous, who made the field for the PGA TOUR’s Shriners Hospital for Children Open via a Monday qualifier, finished T-41 with a 1-under-par 283 to earn $24,480. He shot a 68 on Sunday to move up 14 spots.

The Basalt native, who turned professional in 2012 after graduating from Colorado School of Mines, is enjoying his best season as a pro.

Earlier this year, he qualified for his first PGA TOUR appearance but missed the cut at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. In 21 starts on the Tour in 2017, he’s made 10 cuts and earned $48,570. His four top-25 finishes include a eighth place in the Ellie Mae Classic at Stonebrae, where he carded a 13-under-par 267.

Currently ranked 94th on “the 25 list” of the Tour’s, Knous needs to finish in the Second Stage of Q-School at Plantation Preserve Golf Course & Club in Florida to keep his Tour card. The top 20 finishers and ties advance to Q-School finals at Whirlwind. Follow the action here.