• Says he 'won't sulk in the corner' if Clarke looks elsewhere
• Clarke announces his three picks next Tuesday (August 30)
RUSSELL KNOX | RYDER CUP
Russell Knox says he won’t ‘sulk in the corner’ if Darren Clarke opts not to choose him as one of his three wildcard picks for the forthcoming Ryder Cup.
The 31-year-old Scot, who won the Travelers Championship earlier this month, looks set for a nervy few days with Clarke announcing his three wildcard picks on Tuesday (August 30).
If the bookmakers are to be believed, Martin Kaymer and Lee Westwood are nailed-on to be on the plane to Hazeltine, leaving world No.20 Knox battling it out with the likes of Graeme McDowell, Shane Lowry, Luke Donald, Soren Kjeldsen and Thomas Pieters for the final berth.
"He can choose whoever he wants and I'll be ok with it" - Russell Knox
“It’s important but it's not the end of the world,” said Russell Knox ahead of The Barclays, the first FedEx Cup play-off event where he currently sits fourth. “If he chooses not to pick me, I'm not going to sulk in the corner. He has every right not to pick me. He has every right to pick me.
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“So that's the thing. The great thing with captain's picks is that he can choose whoever he wants and I'll be ok with it. I feel like I've done everything I could do. I played my best. I made the commitment to join the European Tour so I was eligible. I played well. So I guess I've made my case and hopefully it's good enough.”
For Knox, he couldn’t possibly have imagined this time last year that he’d be on the fringes of automatic qualification. However, had he been a member of the European Tour for his WGC-HSBC Champions win in November, he would’ve already had his flights booked north to Hazeltine from his Jacksonville home.
He stressed that he hopes his win at Sheshan International will be taken into consideration by Clarke and his vice-captains and, should he qualify, will be using that win as a way to ease the pressure.
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“If I do get picked, I won't feel like I'm a pick in a weird kind of way,” explained Russell Knox. “Because if my points counted at WGC, I would have made the team comfortably.
“So if I'm lucky enough to get picked, I'll feel like ten people qualified and he picked two people. That's the way I'm going to look at it to take pressure off myself. But yeah, that's not my decision.”
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