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Colt Knost leads Web.com Tour Finals opener

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 30, 2014 at 3:55 pm •  Published: August 30, 2014
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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — 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 Web.com 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 Web.com Tour's regular- season money list.

Nos. 26-75 on Web.com 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. A victory Sunday would guarantee Knost a PGA Tour card.

"That's obviously my goal," said Knost, a two-time winner on the Web.com Tour in 2008. "We know how big the moment is."

The top 25 players on the Web.com 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.

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