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Despite growing up around the game of golf, it took Taylor Montgomery some time to truly commit himself to the sport. But once he did, the Nevada native excelled at every level, and he’s now one of the fastest-rising golfers on the PGA Tour.

A two-time state champion in high school and a one-time winner at the college level, Montgomery struggled a bit early in his professional career but eventually became one of the top players on the Korn Ferry Tour. Despite never winning a tournament at the developmental level, he recorded five runner-up finishes and 14 overall top-10s.

Now a full-time member of the PGA Tour, Montgomery has put himself in position to win 2022-23 Rookie of the Year honors and figures to be a top contender for years to come.

But just who is Taylor Montgomery? Below, you’ll find everything you need to know about this rising star, from his upbringing on one of the most high-profile courses in the country to his wild Korn Ferry Tour heartbreak to his statistics and career earnings — and everything in between.

Article Contents

Taylor Montgomery
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  • Quick facts
  • Early life and high school
  • College
  • Korn Ferry Tour career
  • PGA Tour career
  • Majors performance
  • OWGR history
  • Playing style
  • Caddie
  • Family
  • Net worth and career earnings
  • FAQ

Quick Taylor Montgomery facts

  • Full name: Taylor Allen Montgomery
  • Birthday: Jan. 30, 1995
  • Birthplace: Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Parents: Mikella Montgomery and Monte Montgomery
  • Siblings: Mckenzie Montgomery
  • Listed height: 6-foot-3
  • Listed weight: 215 pounds
  • High school: Foothill High School (Henderson, Nevada)
  • College: University of Nevada-Las Vegas (2013-17)
  • Turned pro: 2017
  • Marital status: Single
  • Children: None

Where did Taylor Montgomery grow up and play high school golf?

The first-born child of Mikella and Monte Montgomery, Taylor Montgomery was born on Jan. 30, 1995, in Las Vegas, Nevada, and attended Foothill High School in nearby Henderson.

Despite his father being a former professional golfer and the longtime director of golf at Shadow Creek Golf Course, one of the most high-profile and expensive public courses in the country, Montgomery admits he was “never into golf” as a youngster as he was more interested in other sports, such as basketball and football.

Montgomery would often see high-profile athletes from those other sports at Shadow Creek, athletes such as Michael Jordan and Jerome Bettis, and it was seeing how much they enjoyed golf that drew him “towards the game a lot more.”

Montgomery lettered in golf all four years at Foothill High and won the 4A boys individual state title as a sophomore in 2011 and again as a senior in 2013. And he found time to enjoy his other interests, as well. He was a starting forward for the basketball team in each of his final two years.

Where did Taylor Montgomery go to college?

Taylor Montgomery tees off during the 2017 Division I Men's Golf Individual Championship
Taylor Montgomery of UNLV tees off during the Division I Men’s Golf Individual Championship held at Rich Harvest Farms on May 29, 2017, in Sugar Grove, Illinois | Jamie Schwaberow/NCAA Photos via Getty Images

Upon graduating from Foothill High in 2013, Montgomery followed in his father’s footsteps and played college golf at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas (UNLV), even playing for the same coach, Dwaine Knight. He also teamed with fellow future PGA Tour player Kurt Kitayama.

As a freshman, he appeared in nine tournaments and recorded three top-20s, including a third-place finish at the Jackrabbit Invitational, where he tied a school record for the lowest round ever shot by a freshman with a 65. That was the lowest round of any member of the team that year.

Montgomery notched his first collegiate victory the following year, winning the Gene Miranda Falcon Invitational, one of four top-20 finishes during his sophomore season.

Despite his early success at UNLV, Montgomery played just two tournaments as a junior as he developed issues off the tee and struggled even to keep the ball in play. His father had always encouraged him to essentially swing as hard as he could, and he found himself flipping the clubface at impact. Things got so bad that he often kept his driver in the bag, instead opting to tee off with a long iron.

As golf wasn’t going so well, Montgomery nearly attempted to join the UNLV basketball team, which was dealing with several injuries to players and was looking for an athlete to fill out the roster. Montgomery had kept himself in basketball shape, so he strongly considered it but was told by Knight that if he did so, his time on the UNLV golf team would be over.

Montgomery opted to stick with golf and began working with Dallas-based instructor Jon Sinclair, who helped him vastly improve his game off the tee. Taylor found himself back in the starting lineup as a senior and was one of the key reasons the Rebels advanced to the team match-play portion of the 2017 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championships, where they lost to top-seeded Vanderbilt in the quarterfinals.

Montgomery graduated in 2017 with a degree in communications.

Taylor Montgomery Korn Ferry Tour career

Despite turning pro in 2017, Taylor Montgomery didn’t make his Korn Ferry Tour (then the Web.com Tour) debut until 2018. It’s not that he wasn’t playing professional tournaments, but he mainly played mini-tour events at that time. He helped bankroll his career by winning the Major Series of Putting, taking both the individual and team titles.

After playing seven combined events during the 2018 and 2019 seasons, he earned full-time status on the Korn Ferry Tour for the 2020 season, which ended up being two seasons rolled into one due to the COVID-19 pandemic. And the decision to roll 2020 results over into 2021 actually cost Montgomery his PGA Tour card as he would have qualified under normal circumstances.

At the end of the extended campaign, Montgomery fell one spot short of the top-25 cutoff for both the regular season and the KFT Finals. But in 2022, he left nothing to chance, finally securing his spot on the PGA Tour for the 2022-23 season before the Korn Ferry Tour regular season even ended.

Taylor Montgomery 2018 Korn Ferry Tour (Web.com Tour) season

Montgomery made his Korn Ferry Tour debut in August 2018, tying for 14th at the Ellie Mae Classic at TPC Stonebrae in Hayward, California. One week later, he missed the cut at the WinCo Foods Portland Open.

TournamentFinishing positionScore to par
Ellie Mae Classic at TPC StonebraeT14-13
WinCo Foods Portland Open presented by Kraft-HeinzCUT+6

Taylor Montgomery 2019 Korn Ferry Tour season

Montgomery played four official Korn Ferry Tour events in 2019, missing the cut in three of them. Despite his struggles, he tied for 13th in the KFT Qualifying Tournament, securing his spot on the tour for the following season.

TournamentFinishing positionScore to par
Chitimacha Louisiana Open presented by MISTRAST52-6
Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail ChampionshipCUT+10
KC Golf ClassicCUT+6
Utah Championship presented by Zions BankCUT+1
Korn Ferry Tour Qualifying TournamentT13-15

Taylor Montgomery 2020-21 Korn Ferry Tour season

After just six events, the 2020 Korn Ferry Tour season was suspended for more than three months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. When play resumed, it had already been announced that the 2020 season would be merged with the planned 2021 campaign and that there would be no graduates to the PGA Tour for the 2020-21 season.

That decision directly affected Taylor Montgomery, who would have been one of those 2020 graduates as one of the top 25 players. Once the extended 2020-21 Korn Ferry Tour season finally concluded, he astoundingly finished 26th in both the regular season and the KFT Finals, missing out on securing his PGA Tour card by one spot in each instance.

TournamentFinishing positionScore to par
The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic at Sandals Emerald BayT19E
The Bahamas Great Abaco Classic at Baha MarCUTE
Panama ChampionshipT24-3
Country Club de Bogota Championship57-4
LECOM Suncoast Classic3-21
Korn Ferry Challenge at TPC SawgrassCUT+8
The King & Bear Classic at World Golf VillageCUT-5
TPC San Antonio Challenge at the CanyonsT12-16
TPC San Antonio Championship at the OaksT58-1
Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr. PepperCUT-2
WinCo Foods Portland Open presented by KraftHeinzCUTE
Albertsons Boise Open presented by Kraft NabiscoCUT-1
Nationwide Children’s Hospital ChampionshipT2-10
Korn Ferry Tour Championship presented by United Leasing & FinanceCUT+3
Evans Scholars InvitationalT21-10
Wichita Open Supporting Wichita’s YouthT16-11
Savannah Golf ChampionshipT10-17
Orange County National Championship presented by Knight 39T11-17
LECOM Suncoast ClassicT2-13
Chitimacha Louisiana Open presented by MISTRAST33-6
Club Car Championship at The Landings ClubT46-7
Emerald Coast Classic at SandestinT42E
MGM Resorts Championship at PaiuteCUT+7
Veritex Bank ChampionshipCUT-5
Huntsville ChampionshipCUT+6
Simmons Bank Open for the Snedeker FoundationT37-3
AdventHealth ChampionshipT26-9
Evans Scholars Invitational presented by First Midwest BankT24-4
BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX CorporationT32-13
Live and Work in Maine OpenCUT-1
TPC Colorado Championship at Heron LakesT22-9
Memorial Health Championship presented by LRSCUT-3
Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr. PepperCUT-2
Utah Championship presented by Zions BankT2-22
Pinnacle Bank Championship presented by AetnaCUT+3
Albertsons Boise Open presented by ChevronT26-11
Nationwide Children’s Hospital ChampionshipT18-11
Korn Ferry Tour Championship presented by United Leasing & FinanceCUT+11

Taylor Montgomery 2022 Korn Ferry Tour season

With a strong 2022 Korn Ferry Tour campaign, Taylor Montgomery positioned himself to finally secure his spot on the PGA Tour before the KFT regular season ended by tying for second at the Price Cutter Charity Championship. It was one of two runner-up finishes for Montgomery on the season and one of nine top-10s in 17 starts.

TournamentFinishing positionScore to par
The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic at Sandals Emerald BayWD+12
The Panama ChampionshipT47+3
Astara Golf Championship presented by MastercardT13-11
LECOM Suncoast ClassicCUT-2
Chitimacha Louisiana Open presented by MISTRAST15-10
Lake Charles ChampionshipT9-12
Club Car Championship at The Landings ClubCUT-1
Veritex Bank ChampionshipT4-19
Simmons Bank Open for the Snedeker FoundationT13-10
Visit Knoxville OpenT4-16
AdventHealth Championship2-15
NV5 Invitational presented by Old National BankT8-17
The Ascendant presented by BlueCUTE
Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr. PepperT2-22
Pinnacle Bank Championship presented by AetnaT3-15
Albertsons Boise Open presented by ChevronT4-20
Nationwide Children’s Hospital ChampionshipT9-9

Taylor Montgomery PGA Tour career

Taylor Montgomery during the first round of the 2022 PGA Tour Fortinet Championship
Taylor Montgomery hits his tee shot on the 10th hole during the first round of the Fortinet Championship at Silverado Resort and Spa North course on September 15, 2022, in Napa, California | Mike Mulholland/Getty Images

Taylor Montgomery made his PGA Tour debut in July 2019, missing the cut at the Barracuda Championship in his home state of Nevada.

His next start came at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines in January 2022, the same course where his father made his lone PGA Tour start in 1994. Taylor’s goal that week was to beat his dad’s T24 finish, and he did just that. With Monte on the bag, the younger Montgomery shot 12-under to tie for 11th.

Montgomery earned full-time status on the PGA Tour in 2022 and got off to a great start, finishing 15th or better in eight of his first nine events, including a pair of top-fives.

Taylor Montgomery 2018-19 PGA Tour season

Montgomery made his PGA Tour debut at the 2019 Barracuda Championship in Reno, shooting 5-over to miss the cut.

TournamentFinishing positionScore to par
Barracuda ChampionshipCUT+5

Taylor Montgomery 2020-21 PGA Tour season

Montgomery’s lone PGA Tour-affiliated appearance outside the Korn Ferry Tour in 2020-21 was at the 2021 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines, which was also his first appearance in a major championship. With rounds of 70 and 76 the first two days, he made the cut on the number and ultimately tied for 57th at 10-over, 16 shots behind winner Jon Rahm.

TournamentFinishing positionScore to par
U.S. OpenT57+10

Taylor Montgomery 2021-22 PGA Tour season

Montgomery appeared in the 2022 Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines and performed well, shooting 12-under to tie for 11th. He also qualified for the U.S. Open for the second consecutive year but missed the cut at The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts, shooting 72-73 to miss the weekend by two shots.

TournamentFinishing positionScore to par
Farmers Insurance OpenT11-12
U.S. OpenCUT+5

Taylor Montgomery 2022-23 PGA Tour season

Taylor Montgomery began his first full-time PGA Tour season with a bang, finishing in solo third at the Fortinet Championship. He followed it up with another top-10 at the Sanderson Farms Championship two weeks later and finished 15th or better in six of his next seven starts, including a solo fifth at The American Express.

That’s about where the success ended, though. Beginning with the RBC Heritage, Montgomery missed six cuts in a span of 10 events to put an end to the positive momentum he’d been generating.

TournamentFinishing positionScore to par
Fortinet Championship3-13
Sanderson Farms ChampionshipT9-12
Shriners Children’s OpenT15-15
THE CJ CUP in South CarolinaT13-9
World Wide Technology Championship at MayakobaT10-16
Cadence Bank Houston OpenT57+5
The RSM ClassicT15-13
Sony Open in HawaiiT12-12
The American Express5-24
Farmers Insurance OpenT31E
WM Phoenix OpenCUT+4
The Genesis InvitationalCUT+2
Arnold Palmer InvitationalT39+1
The Players ChampionshipT44-3
WGC-Match PlayT17N/A
Valero Texas OpenT22-6
RBC HeritageCUT+2
Zurich Classic of New OrleansT19-19
Wells Fargo ChampionshipCUT+6
AT&T Byron NelsonT50-11
PGA ChampionshipT65+12
The Memorial TournamentT41+4
U.S. OpenCUT+6
John Deere ClassicCUT+5
Scottish OpenCUT+2
3M OpenCUT-1
FedEx St. Jude ChampionshipT37-5
Fortinet ChampionshipCUTE

Taylor Montgomery majors performances

Taylor Montgomery has played just two major championships thus far, with both appearances coming at the U.S. Open.

Taylor Montgomery Masters performances

Taylor Montgomery has yet to appear in The Masters.

Taylor Montgomery PGA Championship performances

Taylor Montgomery made his first appearance in the PGA Championship in 2023 at Oak Hill.

YearPosR1R2R3R4Score to par
2023T6575707671+12

Taylor Montgomery U.S. Open performances

Taylor Montgomery has appeared in the U.S. Open on three occasions. He tied for 57th at Torrey Pines in 2021, missed the cut at The Country Club in 2022, and missed the cut again at Los Angeles Country Club in 2023.

YearPosR1R2R3R4Score to par
2021T5770767474+10
2022CUT7273+5
2023CUT7175+6

Taylor Montgomery Open Championship performances

Taylor Montgomery has yet to appear in The Open Championship.

Taylor Montgomery Official World Golf Ranking

Taylor Montgomery’s first entry in the Official World Golf Ranking was in August 2018, following his debut on what was then the Web.com Tour. Following a T14 finish, he ranked 1,557th.

In January 2020, he dropped to his lowest point, No. 1,937, following a missed cut in a Korn Ferry Tour event in the Bahamas. However, just three weeks later, Montgomery cracked the top 1,000 in the OWGR for the first time, jumping to No. 843 after a third-place finish at the LECOM Suncoast Classic in Florida.

In August 2020, he cracked the top 500 for the first time, jumping from No. 713 to No. 466 after tying for second at the Korn Ferry Tour’s Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship in Ohio. Montgomery broke into the top 100 in the OWGR for the first time in September 2022, following a third-place finish in his 2022-23 PGA Tour season debut at the Fortinet Championship, jumping from No. 136 to No. 91.

Montgomery reached his highest point, No. 51, in January 2023 following a T31 finish at the Farmers Insurance Open and is currently ranked 70th.

  • Current rank: No. 70
  • Lifetime high: No. 51
  • Lifetime low: No. 1,937

Taylor Montgomery playing style

The biggest strength of Taylor Montgomery’s game has always been his putting.

In fact, only a few months after turning pro in 2017, he won the Stroke Play Championship at the inaugural Major Series of Putting tournament in Las Vegas, a 10-day event that earned him the first-place prize of $75,000. Winning the team portion of the tournament with UNLV teammate Kurt Kitayama earned him another $15,000. And those winnings helped Montgomery in the early stages of his professional career.

Montgomery is currently viewed as one of the best putters on the PGA Tour, ranking at or near the top in several putting categories.

Despite his past troubles off the tee, Montgomery has developed into a solid driver of the golf ball, at least in most aspects. He consistently averages more than 305 yards off the tee, easily ranking in the top 50, but sometimes struggles with accuracy. That’s also one of the main problems with his iron play, which is easily the weakest part of his game.

Taylor Montgomery caddie

Taylor Montgomery’s current caddie is Darren Woolard, who was the longtime looper for four-time PGA Tour winner and Las Vegas native Scott Piercy.

Taylor Montgomery family

Montgomery is the first-born child and the only son of Mikella and Monte Montgomery. He has one sister, Mckenzie, who was born in March 1998.

While little is known about Mikella Montgomery, Monte Montgomery, like his son, played college golf at UNLV and made one PGA Tour appearance at the 1994 Buick Invitational of California (now the Farmers Insurance Open) at Torrey Pines.

After getting through Monday qualifying, Monte shot 70-71-68-70 to finish at 9-under, tying for 24th. Monte later became the director of golf at Shadow Creek Golf Course in North Las Vegas, one of the most high-profile and expensive public courses in the United States.

Taylor Montgomery is currently unmarried and has no children.

Taylor Montgomery net worth and career earnings

Playing parts of four seasons on the Korn Ferry Tour, Taylor Montgomery made $676,974. His highest-earning campaign was his last, which came in 2022.

Montgomery has earned close to $2 million during the 2022-23 PGA Tour season. His largest career paycheck was the $552,000 prize he received for his third-place finish at the 2022 Fortinet Championship.

Taylor Montgomery Korn Ferry Tour earnings

SeasonEarnings
2018$10,200
2019$1,486
2020-21$311,768
2022$353,520
Total$676,974

Taylor Montgomery PGA Tour earnings

SeasonEarnings
2018-19$0
2020-21$25,183
2021-22$180,180
2022-23$2,629,522
Total$2,834,885

Per Genius Celebs, Taylor Montgomery has a net worth of approximately $1.2 million.

Taylor Montgomery FAQ

Where is Taylor Montgomery from?

Taylor Montgomery was born in Las Vegas, Nevada, to parents Mikella and Monte Montgomery.

How old is Taylor Montgomery?

Born on January 30, 1995, Taylor Montgomery is 28 years old.

How tall is Taylor Montgomery?

Taylor Montgomery is 6-foot-3.

Where did Taylor Montgomery go to high school?

Taylor Montgomery attended Foothill High School in Henderson, Nevada, from 2009 to 2013. He lettered all four years in golf and was also a starting forward on the basketball team from 2011 to 2013.

Where did Taylor Montgomery play his college golf?

Taylor Montgomery played college golf at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas (UNLV) from 2013 to 2017.

Has Taylor Montgomery won on the PGA Tour?

No, Taylor Montgomery has not yet won on the PGA Tour. His highest finish was a solo third at the 2022 Fortinet Championship.

Who is Taylor Montgomery’s caddie?

Taylor Montgomery’s current caddie on the PGA Tour is Darren Woolard.

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