Sunday, September 11, 2011


         Inverness-born Russell Knox is heading for US PGA Tour next season.

By John Schwarb, PGATOUR.COM
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Florida -- Russell Knox figured it was just his luck that the year after he graduated from Jacksvonille University, its golf team got memberships at Dye's Valley Course at TPC Sawgrass.
No worries. the Inverness-born Scot, now Jacksonville Beach, Florida  resident and Nationwide Tour winner can play any time he wants now, and in six weeks will tee it up in competition at the Winn-Dixie Jacksonville Open presented by Planters, the penultimate event of the US Nationwide Tour season.
Knox, 26, is firmly in position to earn his 2012 US PGA TOUR card, sitting eighth on the money list with seven tournaments remaining. He began his season with a T2 at the Fresh Express Classic, then won the Chiquita Classic in July.
He admitted to a little daydreaming about the US Tour but says he's still focused on the remainder of the Nationwide season, especially the Winn-Dixie Jacksonville Open.
"Every single golfer wants a home-field advantage," Knox said.
Knox played the course earlier this week and said the rough is tournament-ready now, definitely capable of getting pros' attention. Dye's Valley isn't the longest course on Tour by any means (6,864 yards, par 70), but its defences are obvious.
"It's funny how much harder courses become when you make the fairways smaller," Knox said. "The greens can be pretty challenging, too."
Knox attempted to qualify for the event last year but fell short, before earning full status for this year's season. Now safely in the field, he plans to be ready by putting in a few more practice rounds between now and the week of Oct. 17.
You always want to play well in your home game.



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