Knox in short
Russell Knox’s WGC-HSBC Champions win was arguably the biggest Scottish win since Paul Lawrie lifted the Claret Jug at Carnoustie in 1999.
Here’s some other quick facts about where this breakthrough win leaves the 30-year-old:
- Up to No.31 in the world from No.85 and for the first time, becomes the highest-ranked Scot, overtaking Marc Warren;
- Previous best finish on the European Tour was T10 at this year’s Scottish Open;
- Is the first Scot to win a WGC event;
- Becomes the first player to win a WGC event on debut since Jeff Maggert at the 1999 WGC-Cadillac Match Play;
- Becomes the 23rd different Scot to win on the European Tour;
- Gains an exemption until the end of the 2018 season, should he take up membership.
Willett closes in
Ahead of the penultimate event of the Race to Dubai, Danny Willett has an excellent chance of overtaking Rory McIlroy at the summit after a stunning final round in Shanghai meant he finished in a tie for third.
McIlroy isn’t playing this week and, with less then 80,000 points separating the pair, a top 20 finish at the BMW Masters would guarantee the Englishman a place at the top heading into the season-ending DP World Tour Championship.
Scots pair earn European Tour cards
Despite disappointing performances at the NBO Golf Classic Grand Final, it was all smiles for Andrew McArthur and Jamie McLeary as they earned their European Tour cards for the 2016 season, finishing 12th and 15th in the Road to Oman series standings.
But celebrations were pretty low-key for McLeary, who tweeted:
It was agony for Scott Henry though as, despite firing in a final round 67, his best round of the week, it wasn’t enough as he finished 18th in the final standings and €3,159 behind 15th placed McLeary.
Unluckiest shot of the year?
Spare a thought for DJ here, chasing victory at the WGC-HSBC Champions until…
This is the unluckiest break of the week. Golf is hard. #QuickHits https://t.co/sw4cygJyCi
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) November 8, 2015
R&R for Rory
Not concerned about Willett overtaking him in the Race to Dubai, Rory McIlroy’s week off will consist of sun, sea and sand in the resort of Amanpuri in Thailand.
Alright for some, eh?
Glad to be home, guys?
After Rory’s bout of food poisoning in the Far East, it’s safe to say American pair Rickie Fowler and Justin Thomas were glad to get back stateside…
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