Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Russell Knox and Robert McKnight have mixed luck

in first round of US Tour School Stage 2 events

US-based Scots pro golfers Russell Knox and Robert McKnight had mixed fortunes as the United States PGA Tour Qualifying School Stage 2 events began at six venues today.
Competing in a field of 79 players at Hombre Golf Club, Panama City Beach in Florida, Inverness exile Knox finished the day in joint 18th position after a one-under-par round of 70 - six shots behind leader Garrett Osborn (US).
Knox, who won on the Hooters Tour earlier this year, had the steadiest of rounds - a birdie at the eighth, a bogey at the 10th and 16 pars.
Ayrshire man McKnight, 21, a former Caprington and Kilmarnock Barassie member now based in Weston, Florida, and who has also been a winner on the highly competitive Hooters Tour this past summer, shot a one-over-par 73 to be lying joint 43rd in a field of 75 at Deerwood Golf Club, Kingwood in Texas. Brandt Jobe leads the field by two shots at this venue with a 65.
The number of qualifiers from each of the six Stage 2 venues will be in the mid-20s. They go forward to the US PGA Tour Final Qualifying School over six rounds at Bear Lakes, West Palm Beach, Florida from December 2 to 7.

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