Russell Knox

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Russell Knox
Personal information
Born (1985-06-21) 21 June 1985 (age 33)
Inverness, Scotland
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight 155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)
Nationality  Scotland
Residence Jacksonville Beach, Florida, U.S.
Career
College Jacksonville University
Turned professional 2007
Current tour(s) PGA Tour
European Tour
Former tour(s) Web.com Tour
Professional wins 7
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 2
European Tour 2
Web.com Tour 1
Other 3
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament CUT: 2016, 2017
U.S. Open T12: 2018
The Open Championship T30: 2016
PGA Championship T22: 2016

Russell Knox (born 21 June 1985) is a Scottish professional golfer who plays on the PGA Tour.

He had considerable success from 2014 to 2016 during which time he won the 2015 WGC-HSBC Champions and the 2016 Travelers Championship. Together with three runner-up finishes and three third-places on the PGA Tour, he was a runner-up in the 2016 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open and reached a career-high 18 in the world rankings at the end of 2016. Knox joined the European Tour at the start of 2016 but just failed to gain an automatic place on the 2016 Ryder Cup team and was not chosen as one of the captain's picks.

Personal life

Knox was born in Inverness, Scotland. His father was born in San Diego, California. He attended Culloden Academy. Knox signed with the sports scholarship agency FirstPoint USA in 2002[1] and helped Knox to secure a golf scholarship in 2003 at Jacksonville University, Florida. He married Mexican former tennis player Andrea Hernandez in April 2014. Knox's parents live in the States. The only family member living in Scotland is his sister Diane Knox, a former radio presenter on Clyde 1, who lives in Glasgow.[2]

Professional career

Knox turned professional in 2007. He played on the NGA Hooters Tour from 2008 to 2010, picking up two victories in the process. He joined the Nationwide Tour in 2011 and picked up his first victory on tour in July at the Chiquita Classic. He eventually finished 12th on the Nationwide Tour money list and gained his full PGA Tour card. His first PGA Tour event was the 2011 Transitions Championship but he failed to make the cut. His first PGA Tour event as a full member was the 2012 Sony Open in Hawaii where he missed the cut by a single stroke. He made only 12 cuts in 23 events in 2012 and finished 143rd on the money list to remain conditionally exempt on the PGA Tour for 2013. On 26 July 2013, Knox shot a 59 in the second round of the Albertsons Boise Open on the Web.com Tour.[3] He split his time between the PGA Tour and Web.com Tours in 2013. He played in the Web.com Tour Finals and finished 20th to earn his PGA Tour card for 2014.

After an impressive start to his 2014 PGA Tour season, Knox came close to winning his maiden PGA Tour title at the Honda Classic, eventually losing to Russell Henley in a four-man playoff that also included Rory McIlroy and Ryan Palmer.[4] Knox finished 48th in the regular season FedEx Cup points list, qualifying for the 2014 FedEx Cup Playoffs, eventually finishing in 40th place.

Knox had a good start to the 2015 PGA Tour season with a third place in the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in late 2014. He finished tied for third in 2015 The Honda Classic and made the cut in 20 PGA Tour events. Finishing 44th in the regular season FedEx Cup points list, he qualified for the 2015 FedEx Cup Playoffs. Good performances in The Barclays and Deutsche Bank Championship lifted him to 29th place in the FedEx Cup standing but he only finished tied for 45th in BMW Championship to drop out of the top 30 in the standings and so missed out on the Tour Championship. Knox also made a rare appear in Europe at the 2015 Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open, finishing in a tie for 10th place.

In November 2015, Knox won the 2015 WGC-HSBC Champions by two strokes from Kevin Kisner. Knox was playing in his first WGC event and became the first Scot to win a World Golf Championship. Knox only qualified for the tournament as seventh reserve and third alternate. The win lifted him to 31st in the World Rankings, his first time in the world top 50 and earned him place in the 2016 Masters. The week after his WGC success, Knox lost in a three-way playoff in the OHL Classic at Mayakoba, Graeme McDowell making a birdie at the first extra hole. Knox missed the cut on his Masters debut but responded two weeks later with a runner-up finish at the RBC Heritage, where he finished two shots behind winner Branden Grace.[5] Knox won the Travelers Championship in August 2016 and was fourth in the regular season FedEx Cup points list, finishing the 2016 FedEx Cup Playoffs in 10th place.

Knox became a European Tour member at the start of the 2016 season in the hope of playing for Europe in the 2016 Ryder Cup.[6][7] Knox just failed to gain an automatic place on the Ryder Cup team, the points from his WGC win were not retrospectively added, and was not chosen as one of the captain's picks. As a European Tour member, Knox was committed to playing more events on the tour. One of these was the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open where he was joint runner-up behind Rory McIlroy. Knox had three top-10 finishes in late 2016 and finished the year at a career-high 18 in the world rankings.

2017 was a disappointing season in comparison to the three previous years with a best place finish of fifth place in the 2017 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. Knox finished 60th the regular season FedEx Cup points list, finishing the 2017 FedEx Cup Playoffs in 71st place.

Knox had a series of good results in the summer of 2018. He qualified for the 2018 U.S. Open and finished tied for 12th place, his best finish in a major championship. Two weeks later he was joint runner-up in the HNA Open de France and the following week he won the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open beating Ryan Fox in a playoff. The results lifted him back into world top 50.

Professional wins (7)

PGA Tour wins (2)

Legend
World Golf Championships (1)
Other PGA Tour events (1)
No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner-up
1 8 Nov 2015 WGC-HSBC Champions −20 (67-65-68-68=268) 2 strokes United States Kevin Kisner
2 7 Aug 2016 Travelers Championship −14 (67-67-64-68=266) 1 stroke United States Jerry Kelly

PGA Tour playoff record (0–2)

No. Year Tournament Opponents Result
1 2014 Honda Classic United States Russell Henley, Northern Ireland Rory McIlroy, United States Ryan Palmer Henley won with birdie on first extra hole
2 2015 OHL Classic at Mayakoba United States Jason Bohn, Northern Ireland Graeme McDowell McDowell won with birdie on first extra hole

European Tour wins (2)

Legend
World Golf Championships (1)
Rolex Series (1)
Other European Tour (0)
No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner-up
1 8 Nov 2015 WGC-HSBC Champions −20 (67-65-68-68=268) 2 strokes United States Kevin Kisner
2 8 Jul 2018 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open −14 (71-69-68-66=274) Playoff New Zealand Ryan Fox

European Tour playoff record (1–0)

No. Year Tournament Opponents Result
1 2018 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open New Zealand Ryan Fox Won with birdie on first extra hole

Nationwide Tour wins (1)

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner-up
1 17 Jul 2011 Chiquita Classic −25 (68-66-63-66=263) 3 strokes United States Billy Hurley III

NGA Hooters Tour wins (2)

  • 2009 Silver Star Hotel & Casino Golf Classic
  • 2010 Gold Strike Casino Classic

Other wins (1)

Results in major championships

Tournament 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Masters Tournament CUT CUT
U.S. Open T45 T23 CUT T12
The Open Championship CUT T30 CUT CUT
PGA Championship CUT CUT T22 CUT T35
  Did not play

CUT = missed the halfway cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place.

Summary

Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
U.S. Open 0 0 0 0 0 2 4 3
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 1
PGA Championship 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 2
Totals 0 0 0 0 0 3 15 6
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 3 (2016 U.S. Open – 2016 PGA)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 0

World Golf Championships

Wins (1)

Year Championship 54 holes Winning score Margin of victory Runner-up
2015 WGC-HSBC Champions Tied for lead −20 (67-65-68-68=268) 2 strokes United States Kevin Kisner

Results timeline

Tournament 2015 2016 2017 2018
Mexico Championship 27 70
Match Play T28 T39
Bridgestone Invitational 54 T5 T48
HSBC Champions 1 T9 68
  Win
  Top 10
  Did not play

QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play
"T" = tied

Team appearances

Professional

See also

References

  1. ^ "Sports Scholarship Athletes Hall Of Fame | FirstPoint USA". www.firstpointusa.com. Retrieved 2018-03-14.
  2. ^ Durent, Jamie (22 March 2015). "Opportunity Knox for golf star Russell". The Inverness Courier. Archived from the original on 15 July 2015.
  3. ^ Shain, Jeff (26 July 2013). "Knox makes 'nearly everything' to shoot magical 59". PGA Tour. Retrieved 29 July 2013.
  4. ^ "Russell Henley survives four-way playoff to win Honda Classic". Golf Magazine. Associated Press. Retrieved 3 January 2016.
  5. ^ McEwan, Michael (18 April 2016). "Russell Knox thrilled with RBC Heritage showing". bunkered.
  6. ^ Murray, Ewan (8 November 2015). "Russell Knox pulls off Shanghai surprise with WGC-HSBC Champions win". The Guardian.
  7. ^ Crawford, Kenny (21 November 2015). "Russell Knox: Florida-based Scot takes European Tour membership". BBC Sport.

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