This week at the Shriners Children’s Open, former Korn Ferry Tour stars are in the field and might be ready to win. International Presidents Cup and TV announcer Trevor Immelman says players like Taylor Montgomery (UNLV), Justin Suh (Vegas resident) and Harry Hall (UNLV) should keep doing what they are doing and they are at an elite level. –By Brian Hurlburt
Montgomery just might be the hottest golfer on the planet. He is 5th in the PGA TOUR 2022-23 FedEx Cup standings and dating back to last season’s Korn Ferry Tour he has six top 10 finishes including a T3 and T9 to start this year on the PGA Tour.
Immelman was walking the TPC Summerlin range checking out the swings of Montgomery and other young stars. He predicts low scores and also had some wisdom for Montgomery and the others.
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“There will be more low scoring, just like we’ve seen in the last few years,” Immelman said. “It’s been at least 21 under or better over the last four years here at this event. We’re gonna have nice, warm weather, low winds, so the ball is going to be traveling a mile and the players are going to be able to be aggressive. I expect another shootout, but it’s exciting and it’s an exciting time of the year because we have all these youngsters coming through off of the Korn Ferry Tour and they eager and ready to go. In a lot of ways, the golf world doesn’t quite know about them yet, So it’s a nice opportunity for them to come out and and really showcase their skills early in the season.
“The young players from the Korn Ferry Tour should keep doing what they’re doing, that’s how they got here. They are clearly at an elite level. You don’t fake your way onto the PGA Tour, which is the highest level that there is. Sure, you need a little experience and a little more knowledge … but trust yourself, trust your game. (Montgomery) has done an amazing job coming through, playing brilliant golf on the Korn Ferry tour and is off to a fantastic start here in the first two events of the season.”