Russell Knox: ‘I don’t care what they think’

Russell Knox

• Russell Knox says Duncan Stewart deserves to be at World Cup
• Says he ‘doesn’t care’ what other people make of his selection
• Stewart has earned his European Tour card for the 2017 season


Russell Knox has said he ‘doesn’t really care what people think’ about his decision to select Duncan Stewart for this week’s World Cup of Golf.

The world No.19 has sparked some discontent within Scottish circles for selecting world No.315 and ‘best friend’ Stewart, overlooking the higher-ranked Martin Laird (142nd), Richie Ramsay (211th) and Marc Warren (213th) in the process.

“He has earned his right to be here” – Russell Knox

But, speaking in his pre-tournament press conference, Knox believes Stewart – who has earned his European Tour card for the 2017 season by finishing tenth in the Challenge Tour’s Road to Oman – has every right to be alongside him at Kingston Heath.

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“I definitely didn’t pick him because he’s my best friend,” said Knox. “Obviously he is, but he has earned his right to be here.

“He’s had an unbelievable year. He’s earned his way onto the European Tour through the Challenge Tour, he won a tournament.

“I don’t really care what other people think” – Russell Knox

“Other than myself and probably Colin Montgomerie, he’s the only other Scot to have won a tournament, which is massive.

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“I mean, if people complain about the format of the pick, I could pick anyone in the top 500 in the world and I did. I don’t really care what other people think.”

The Scots are off in the final group of the day on Thursday afternoon, teeing it up alongside Irish duo Graeme McDowell and Shane Lowry at 12.50pm.

Russell Knox’ selection of Duncan Stewart

What do you make of Russell Knox’ selection of Duncan Stewart for the World Cup of Golf? Is it fair? Or should the place have been offered to a higher ranked Scot? Leave your thoughts in the ‘Comments’ section below.

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  1. Callum

    November 22, 2016 at 2:41 pm

    Well done Russell Knox, I wonder who those discontented with his choice are, show yourselves people narrow minded as you obviously are

  2. Gordon Duncan

    November 22, 2016 at 3:32 pm

    I think Russel is being a bit haste in his pick. Richie Ramsey has won tournaments and it’s a shame people like him don’t get a chance. Duncan has just qualified out of questions school but I suppose when you see the discontent with Lee Westwood and Chris Woods maybe Russel is still annoyed about getting to the Ryde cup where I thought he would have been picked

  3. Geoff

    November 22, 2016 at 3:51 pm

    Love this. Nobody else has set the heather alight this season..and we were never going to be favourites to win whoever he picked. The chances are they will bounce off each other and post a decent result

  4. John meikle

    November 22, 2016 at 8:38 pm

    If the rules allow it, then we’ll done to Knox for making a bold decision. Maybe he would have gone mainstream if he had made the Ryder Cup!

  5. Gerry Campbell

    November 22, 2016 at 9:13 pm

    Russell is his own man & I respect him for picking an up and coming prospect rather than the alternatives, Ramsey & Warren who haven’t won anything in years. And Martin Laird will not leave the States where he can earn big bucks for a top 20 place. Great selection. Must get down the bookies tomorrow to see what odds I can get. C”mon Scotland!!!!

  6. John R

    November 22, 2016 at 11:18 pm

    Inspired choice by Russell Knox. He chose Duncan to partner him 2 weeks before the Ryder Cup team was picked, which probably counted against him. Is it fair? Was it fair when Danny Willet picked Lee Westwood? Chris Wood and Andy Sullivan were obviously available. Russell and Duncan will make a great team and I support them 100%.

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    Jim Fow

    March 5, 2017 at 7:33 pm

    I would have thought that Russell would have been the last person to stoop to ” The old pals act” after not being picked for a Ryder Cup spot in that manner. Oh well not everyone live’s and learns.

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