• Knox ending up selecting Stewart for the Kingston Heath event
• "I just laughed at him and thought nothing of it," said Stewart
DUNCAN STEWART | RUSSELL KNOX
Duncan Stewart said he ‘laughed’ when Russell Knox first hinted that he could pick him for the World Cup of Golf in two weeks’ time.
The Scot, who earned his European Tour card by finishing tenth on the Challenge Tour’s Road to Oman rankings, was selected by Knox to join him on the trip to Kingston Heath, getting the nod over the higher ranked trio of Marc Warren, Martin Laird and Richie Ramsay.
"I just laughed at him and thought nothing of it" - Duncan Stewart
For Stewart, it’ll be an experience unlike any other as he faces off against the likes of Rickie Fowler and Jimmy Walker, Danny Willett and Lee Westwood and Shane Lowry and Graeme McDowell, and he recalled the manner in which Knox tapped him up.
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“I went out to the Irish Open for a couple of days to see Russell as he hadn’t met my son Jack,” said Duncan Stewart, who went to university with Knox in Jacksonville. “We were just having lunch and he mentioned the World Cup of Golf and said ‘perhaps I might pick you?’ I just laughed at him and thought nothing of it.
“Then the week Russell won the Travelers Championship, I was playing in Sweden. He messaged me on the Monday asking what I was doing between these dates.
"Russell said, ‘well do you think we can beat Jason Day and Adam Scott?'" - Duncan Stewart
“I knew they were the dates of the World Cup, so I just replied, ‘am I playing the World Cup with you?’ Typically, Russell just said, ‘well do you think we can beat Jason Day and Adam Scott?’”
Stewart, who earned €115,764, including €27,200 from his win at the Challenge de Madrid in May, now could be in line for the biggest pay cheque of his career, described as ‘potentially life-changing’ by Knox.
Russell Knox and Duncan Stewart World Cup bound
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