every cloud has a silver lining. Russell Knox may have fallen just short in his bid to hang on to his spot alongside compatriot Martin Laird on the PGA Tour next season, but the Inverness exile refused to be downbeat. In fact, he was “over the moon”.
Securing a top-150 finish in his rookie season has guaranteed Knox full status next year on the second-tier Web.com Tour. “That was my goal. So I think I can pat myself on the back,” said the 27-year-old, who chalked up three top-20s in the Fall Series.
At one point during the final round of the season-ending Children’s Miracle Network Hospital Classic at the Disney courses in Orlando, Knox had hoisted himself into the safety of the top 125. Standing at seven-under for the day after 16 holes, he was lying second on the leaderboard with a projected leap of 36 spots to 120th on the money-list.
But dropped shots at the 17th and 18th turned a potential cheque for just over $350,000 into one for $112,800 as he eventually finished in a tie for ninth, five shots behind the winner, Charlie Beljan.
“I played as well as I think I ever have,” said Knox, who felt he’d been “robbed” at the 17th, where his ball looked four feet away from the hole before being blown off the green.