The hot streak had to come to an end for Taylor Montgomery at some point. At least it didn’t end in a missed cut, right?
He was still a richer man after last week’s T-57th at the Cadence Bank Houston Open, but it was a dip from the torrid stretch of golf that preceded.
Starting with the Price Cutter Charity Championship Presented by Dr. Pepper in late July, where Montgomery took T-2nd, he rattled off four straight top-10s, the last three being in the KFT Finals.
The UNLV grad hit the ground running as a PGA Tour rookie with a solo third in the 2022-23 season opener at the Fortinet Championship.
That kicked off a streak of five straight top-15s that just snapped last week in Texas.
Not all high finishes in the fall are created equally. With that said, Montgomery has fared well at some of the higher profile events like the Shriners Children’s Open (T-15th), where he beat the likes of K.H. Lee, Max Homa, etc…, and the CJ Cup where he beat Matt Fitzpatrick, Collin Morikawa, etc.
It will be interesting to see what Montgomery can do this week without any top-10 players in the world to contend with.
The 27-year-old ranks 11th this season in strokes gained per round putting (1.325) and is 21st in total SG (1.46). Stats are pretty inconclusive this time of the season, but it’s encouraging to see him figure out greens he’s largely seeing for the first time.
He’s making birdie or better 26.62% of the time to rank 15th on the PGA Tour. If Montgomery can push that into the 30s this week, he’s got a good chance to win the RSM Classic in his tournament debut for the first time since Mackenzie Hughes in 2016.