PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – Colt Knost knew exactly what was on the line.
From 43 feet on his final hole of Round 2, the 30-year-old needed to just two putts for par to shoot 62 and set a new TPC Sawgrass course record.
History will record that Knost three-putted for bogey at the last for a 63, but the fine details of that potentially record-setting effort will likely be lost.
“I was fine over the first putt. I was trying to two-putt it, which is probably the problem instead of trying to make it,” Knost said. “I was a little nervous over the second one. I knew what it was for. But I didn't hit a bad putt, I hit it on the left lip and it just stayed there and lipped out.”
Despite coming up a stroke short, his 9-under round vaulted him into a tie for third and just a shot off the early second-round lead at The Players.
It was a surprisingly stress-free round, with Knost hitting all 18 greens in regulation and his longest putt was a 22-footer for birdie at the 14th hole.
It was that putt that gave Knost a reason to think about the course record, and when he followed that with another birdie at the 15th hole he knew it was within his grasp.
“I hit two great shots on [No.] 16, just got a little unlucky there,” said Knost, who failed to birdie two par 5s on Friday (Nos. 2 and 16). “But to birdie [No.] 17 under the circumstances was pretty cool.”