SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Taylor Montgomery must like his gravy lumpy because he has chosen Colt Knost to be his caddie this week at the WM Phoenix Open.
Knost, known as The Big Gravy, was a tour pro of nearly 15 seasons before retiring and becoming one of the best TV foot soldiers for CBS and host of the popular podcast “Golf’s Subpar.” Asked whether he lost a bet, Knost texted, “Haha no. I’ve known Taylor since he was in college. Just trying to help the kid out.”
Most years, CBS Sports broadcasts the WM Phoenix Open, and Knost has set up shop at the famous par-3 16th at TPC Scottsdale the last few years, including when Sam Ryder made a hole-in-one. However, it’s a Super Bowl year – Jim Nantz will be on the call on Sunday – so NBC is handling the WM TV duties, which means Knost has the week off.
Montgomery, 29, had a strong rookie debut on Tour last season thanks to a brilliant putting stroke. He enters the week at No. 82 in the Official World Golf Ranking. The former UNLV product has been using Australian Grant Booth as a caddie, but Booth, who also doubles as Montgomery’s swing coach, is a stick, too, and has been trying to make it in pro golf.
“Obviously a great golfer,” Montgomery said of Booth, his caddie at the Sony Open in Hawaii. “Played in the Monday qualifiers and stuff. Hopefully you’ll see his name out here soon.”
Montgomery asked Knost to caddie this week a couple of months ago, and Knost, 38, is set to make his debut on the bag at a course he knows well. It’s where he announced his retirement as a player after the 2020 WM Phoenix Open. To borrow one of Knost’s own catchphrases, he’s about to “get amongst it” this week at TPC Scottsdale.