WGC HSBC Champions recap by Nick Rodger, Golf Correspondent, Sunday 8 November 2015 pulled from www.heraldscotland.com For full story please visit here
Russell Knox the door down as Scot breaks into world elite with WGC conquest
Shanghai surprise? Perhaps to some but, deep down, Russell Knox knew he was ready to pull a spectacular triumph out of the bag at some stage. In China on Sunday, the Scotsman’s rise from the Hooters Tour (now known as the Swing Thought Tour) on the third-tier of the American professional scene to a major player on the global stage was completed in shimmering style as he won the WGC HSBC Champions at Sheshan.
“Deep down in my bones I felt I was capable of winning a big one,” said the jubilant Invernesian, after staving off a world class field and winning by two shots from Kevin Kisner (a fellow Swing Thought Tour alum/winner) with a 20-under tally. “I thought it was going to be maybe another year. But I’m glad it happened now.”
In the biggest individual success for a Scottish male golfer since Paul Lawrie won the 1999 Open, Florida-based Knox will make the kind of giddy climb up the ladder that used to be the reserve of Fred Dibnah. He could barge into the world’s top 30 when the updated rankings get published on Monday, he will be Scotland’s leading player in the world, the four majors beckon next season and even the Ryder Cup is not out of the question. Knox is not a member of the European Tour and he can’t earn any qualifying points for the 2016 match until he takes up that membership. His Sunday success will give him a two-year exemption to the European circuit, should he decide to take it. All of a sudden there are plenty of things to ponder.
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Other Swing Thought Tour Alumni News:
Sanderson Farms Championship update: Swing Thought Tour alum Peter Malnati shot a final round 67 to move up from 2nd place after round three and grab his first career PGA Tour win. Fellow alums Will McGirt and David Toms finished tied for 2nd. 2014 Swing Thought Tour winner Patton Kizzire finished tied for 4th with fellow alum Roberto Castro. The win is the 4th in five events for Swing Thought Tour alums on the young PGA Tour season. The other alumni winners include Smylie Kaufman, Emiliano Grillo, and Russell Knox.
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PGA Latinoamerica: Long-time Swing Thought Tour member Kent Bulle won the 110 VISA Open de Argentina on the PGA Latinoamerica jumping him to 2nd on that tour’s money list. The overall leading money winner on PGA Latinoamerica is awarded full exempt status onto the Web.com Tour while numbers 2 through 5 are granted conditional status onto the number two tour.
About Swing Thought Tour
Since its establishment in 1988, Swing Thought Tour alumni have won an amazing 17 Major Championships. Alumni include 2015 WGC HSBC Champions winner RUSSELL KNOX, two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson, Masters and Open Champion Zach Johnson, PGA Championship winners Keegan Bradley, Shaun Micheel and David Toms, Open Champions Ben Curtis, Stewart Cink and Tom Lehman, U.S. Open Champions Jim Furyk, Lee Janzen, and Lucas Glover, Open and PGA Champion John Daly, Tour Championship winners Chad Campbell, Billy Mayfair, and Camilo Villegas, and recent PGA Tour winners such as Smylie Kaufman, Emiliano Grillo, Matt Every, Robert Streb, Ben Martin, Kevin Streelman, Michael Thompson, Ted Potter Jr., Gary Woodland, Chris Kirk, John Senden, Brian Harman, Brendon Todd, Chesson Hadley, Russell Henley, Mark Wilson, George McNeill, Scott Stallings, Scott Piercy, and many many more. In addition, 89 of the 150 players who competed in the 2014 Web.com Tour Q School Final Stage were past players on the Swing Thought Tour.
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