2022 Cadence Bank Houston Open: Top 10 Power Rankings at Memorial Park

Sam Burns, 2020 Houston Open,Mandatory Credit: Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports
Sam Burns, 2020 Houston Open,Mandatory Credit: Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports /
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Taylor Montgomery, 2021 U.S. Open, Torrey Pines, Mandatory Credit: Michael Madrid-USA TODAY Sports /

Taylor Montgomery continues to impress.

Around this time last year, he was hovering around No. 300 in the Official World Golf Ranking. Montgomery was headed back to the Korn Ferry Tour after nearly missing out both in the regular season and finals standings in 2021.

Montgomery didn’t even win on the KFT in 2022, but just three missed cuts and nine top-10s were more than enough to punch his ticket to the big leagues.

The 27-year-old is 5-for-5 making the cut to start the 2022-23 PGA Tour season. Montgomery debuted with solo third at the Fortinet Championship. He followed with T-9th at the Sanderson Farms Championship, T-15th at the Shriners Children’s Open, T-13th at the CJ Cup, and T-10th last week at the World Wide Technology Championship at Mayakoba.

Statistics this early in the season should be taken with a big grain of salt. For one, many fall events do not have Shotlink data. Two, a lot of big names aren’t playing much this time of year.

With that said, the UNLV grad ranks 12th on the PGA Tour in total strokes gained per round (1.972) and is third in SG putting (1.689).

According to Data Golf, he began 2021 ranked 348th in their world rankings. Now, he’s 22nd.

Montgomery is making his debut at the Cadence Bank Houston Open. Seeing courses for the first time didn’t faze him the last couple months.

I’m not sure if this is the week he pulls in a win, but there’s no reason to think he can’t cash in another big payday.