Knox Tees-Up In Las Vegas Looking For A Victory Jackpot.

Top-ranked Scot Russell Knox competes this week in Las Vegas very much looking for a victory jackpot.

Knox joins fellow Scot Martin Laird in the $7m Shriners Hospital for Children Open on the TPC Summerlin course just to the west of the gambling capital of the world.

Knox has not pulled four winning aces or lined-up all the ‘7s’ on the PGA Tour since capturing the 2016 Travelers Championship in Connecticut.

The Las Vegas event will be Knox’s first on the 2019/20 wraparound schedule and with Knox having ended his 2019 European Tour season sharing 15th place in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at St. Andrews.

Scotland’s Russell Knox tees-up in Las Vegas seeking a victory jackpot.

For Knox, it was his final European Tour event of the year and given his lowly 124th Race to Dubai ranking, it would mean Knox forfeiting his Tour card in finishing outside the leading 115.

But thanks to last year’s last year’s sensational Irish Open success, Knox is exempt on the European Tour to the end of 2020.

Though his current low European Ranking and present No. 86 World Ranking means Knox is also not exempt later this month for the WGC – HSBC Champions, the event he brilliantly captured in 2015.

It’s found the very affable Scot very much at an end-of-season scheduling crossroads.

He said:  “I would have liked to be heading back to Shanghai later this month but with qualifying ending on October 21st, I wasn’t high enough up on either the World Rankings or the Race to Dubai.

“I also probably won’t be competing on the European Tour any more this year, as my standing on the Race to Dubai won’t get me into events like the Turkish Airlines Open and thus try and qualify for the top-60 into the DP World.

“So, I made the decision to tee-up this week in Vegas and hopefully I can win a bunch of cash.

“I’ve played here a few times before including finishing third in 2014, so I’ve had a good finish here and feel as though I know the course very well.

“The thing is, it’s Vegas and anything can happen (smiling)”.

Knox will remain in the States for next week’s Houston Open while he will have the chance to contest three other PGA Tour events before the end of his season.

He said: “It would be nice to pull over a victory before the end of the year.

“I’ve always played well towards the end of a season as evident by my HSBC victory along with a second and then a third two years running at the Mayakoba.

“So, hopefully a few good results to end the year can help boost my World Ranking and get me a good bag full or Ryder Cup points ahead of the Christmas break.”



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