• Back-to-back bogeys could prove costly for Henry
• Scots begin Second Qualifying Stage of Q School
Russell Knox shot the round of the day on Friday at the WGC-HSBC Champions to book himself a place in the final group alongside Kevin Kisner and Branden Grace heading into the weekend.
The 30-year-old Scot, who is making his World Golf Championship debut in Shanghai and squeezed into the field after being seventh on the reserve list for the event, shot a flawless seven-under-par 65, one better than Kisner and Bernd Wiesberger, to sit two shots behind the American.
Clearly taking a liking to Sheshan International GC after posting a 67 in the opening to sit on 12-under-par overall, Knox sits two clear of first round leader Grace – who followed up his 63 with a one-under 71 – with home favourite Haotong Li and Patrick Reed further back on nine-under-par.
And after only finding out he was playing in the event when he was at the CIMB Classic in Kuala Lumpur following J.B. Holmes’ withdrawal, Knox was thankful to his wife Andrea who made all the necessary arrangements to get to Shanghai for the tournament.
“My wife was a superstar and she filled out all the forms for us,” said Knox. “While we were playing on Friday she took all the stuff to the Chinese embassy in Kuala Lumpur and had it processed. We flew here on Tuesday morning but my caddie didn't have proof of accommodation so he was a day behind us. So when we got here my wife caddied for me.
"We played the quickest practice round ever" - Russell Knox
“We got a stand bag from the pro here and chucked the clubs in and played the quickest practice round ever and she complained heavily for the last nine holes!”
Knox’s fellow Scot Marc Warren is currently sitting well down the field on five-over-par, continuing where he left off after a disappointing showing at the Turkish Airlines Open. Meanwhile, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler are all ten shots behind leader Kisner after posting identical rounds of four-under-par 68, followed by level par 72.
Consecutive bogeys costly for Henry
Back-to-back bogeys on the 17th and 18th holes could prove costly for Scott Henry in his quest to earn his ticket to the European Tour after falling back to four-under-par for the tournament and three shots off the lead.
After starting the third round seven shots behind leader Joachim B. Hansen, Henry was within two midway through the back nine after runaway leaders Hansen and Ricardo Gouveia fell back into the field after being hampered by the blustery conditions.
Entering the tournament ranked 20th in the Road to Oman rankings, Henry will now arguably need his best round of the week to have a chance of breaking into the all-important top 15.
Meanwhile, Andrew McArthur and Jamie McLeary, tenth and 11th respectively in the rankings heading into the event, will be sweating throughout tomorrow’s final round with McArthur currently sitting T25 on one-over-par, while McLeary is third from last on ten-over-par.
Doherty, Law and Shields start well at Q School
Jack Doherty leads his leg at the Second Qualifying Stage of Q School at Lumine Golf & Beach Club after a five-under-par round of 66, while David Law and Paul Shields also started well.
Here's how each Scot has started:
Campo de Golf El Saler, Valencia
Leader: Jarmo Sandelin (-6)
• Chris Doak (Kingsfield Golf Centre) - T68 (+5)
• David Law (Paul Lawrie Golf Centre) - T3 (-4)
• Michael Stewart (Troon Welbeck) - T46 (+1)
Las Colinas Golf & Country Club, Alicante
Leader: Philipp Mejow (-7)
• Ross Kellett (Paul Lawrie Golf Centre) - T42 (Par)
Panoramica Golf & Sport Resort, Castellon
Leader: Scott Fernandez (-10)
• Mark Hillson (Tandridge GC) - T13 (-4)
• Craig Lawrie (Paul Lawrie Golf Centre) - T56 (+1)
• Bradley Neil (Blairgowrie GC) - T28 (-2)
• Duncan Stewart (Turnhouse GC) - T28 (-2)
Lumine Golf & Beach Club, Tarragona
Leaders: Jack Doherty, Matt Wallace (-5)
• Jack Doherty (North Gailes) - T1 (-5)
• Neil Henderson - T56 (+1)
• Paul Shields (Kirkhill GC) - T3 (-4)
• Daniel Young (AM) (Craigie Hill GC) - T56 (+1).
Russell Knox :: Can he grab his first W?
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