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Jim Knous joins Streb in 54 hole lead at Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship



COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 3rd round was interrupted by a weather delay, where fans, golfers and media retreated to the clubhouse for cover and safety, Jim Knous and Robert Streb stayed one stroke clear of the field with matching scores of 12-under 201 heading into Sunday’s final round at the Tour’s Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship.

Knous tied the low round of the day with a 6-under 65, while Streb maintained his 36-hole lead with a 3-under 68. Joseph Bramlett and Denny McCarthy each sit two shots back at 10-under 203.

Making his career debut in the Tour Finals, Knous was on fire from the start, making birdie on the first five holes to jump to the top of the leaderboard. The string of birdies matched the longest streak of his Tour career after a similar stretch in the first round at the 2017 LECOM Health Challenge.

“Five birdies in a row obviously is a dream come true,” said Knous. “But, I mean, I was just hitting shots good, hitting shots close to the hole. There really weren’t that many long putts. The putt on No. 5 was a downhill trickler, about 20 feet, so that was kind of a bonus there.”

Jim Knous proud of his alma mater even if people aren't familiar with it ( photo)

Knous had a less eventful back nine, carding six consecutive pars before making birdie on the par-4 16th. Two more pars locked up the 54-hole lead, Knous’ second this season.

Knous is in the midst of a breakout season on Tour, with two top-five finishes already under his belt, including last week at the WinCo Foods Portland Open presented by Kraft-Heinz. He finished the Regular Season at No. 52 on the money list, and a win on Sunday would earn him his first PGA TOUR card.

The Colorado School of the Mines alumnus entered last week in need of a strong finish to end the Regular Season inside the top 75 on the money list to secure a Tour Finals berth.

“I mean, (last week) being on the bubble like that, (No.) 74, and knowing I needed a good finish to make the Finals and then doing it and playing well and finishing in the top 5 was huge. I was just so excited,” said Knous.

Most people have not heard of his college, Colorado School of the Mines.

Established in 1874, the college, located in Golden, Colorado, is devoted to engineering and applied science with special expertise. It is constantly listed in The U.S. News and World Report listings for Top Colleges and Universities. In the 2016–17 QS World University Rankings by subject, the university was ranked as the top institution in the world for mineral and mining engineering. The school has an enrollment of 6,117 and competes in NCAA Division II with their athletic teams being called the Orediggers.

Blaster the Burro, mascot of Colorado School of the Mines (courtesy CSM)

While Knous is looking to reach the PGA TOUR for the first time, Streb is trying to regain status after competing on the PGA TOUR during the 2017-18 season.

Competing in 29 TOUR events this season, the Oklahoma native made 10 cuts, picking up a top-10 finish at the Barbasol Championship (T10), where he held a share of the 54-hole lead. The 31-year-old is a former PGA TOUR champion (The RSM Classic in fall 2014).