Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Opportunity Knox? Not for Russell in
first round of US Qualifying Stage 2

Inverness-born Russell Knox, who has prospered on the NGA Hooters Tour in America since he played four years on the American college circuit as a Jacksonville University student, has made a bad start in pursuit of his dream of making it through to the US PGA Tour.
In the Stage 2 Qualifying event today (Wednesday) at Hombre Golf Club, Panama City Beach, Florida, Knox had a four-over-par round of 76 which left him trailing in joint 67th position in a field of 77.
Only the leading 20 and ties after four rounds advance to the Final Q School.
Knox had a crippling triple bogey 7 at the eighth and a dreadful finish of bogeys at the 12th, 14th and 16th after earlier shots dropped at the fourth and sixth holes.
Only birdies at the long opening hole, the short seventh and the long 10th were reminders that Knox has been one of the leading money-winners on the Hooters Tour, one of the main secondary pro tours in America.
Edinburgh exile David Kirkpatrick, based at Lakeland, Florida for a number of years, did better with a one-under-par 71 to be lying joint 22nd. He recovered well from a double bogey 6 at the sixth. His other dropped shots were at the third and eighth.
Kirkpatrick, who played for Scotland as an amateur in the 1990s, birdied the long first hole, the short seventh, the 12th and 16th.
David Skinns from Lincoln, another big success on the Hooters Touor, also had a 71.
Sam Osborne from England had a 73 to be sharing 42nd place.
Jointly leading the field on seven-under-par 65 were two Americans, Stephen Poole and Tom Gillis.
Aberdeen-born Michael Sim, brought up in Australia, had a four-birdie 71 to be tied for eighth place in the Stage 2 event at Kingswood, Texas. Richardson Johnson leads with a 65.
Sim bogeyed the second, fifth and 11th but birdied the seventh, 10th, 12th and 15th.



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