Knox Bags Brilliant 64 To Muscle His Way Towards Victory At American Express

Scotland’s Russell Knox stormed his way to within two shots of the lead with a brilliant bogey-free eight-under par 64 on day three of the American Express event at Palm Springs.

Knox capped his round with three birdies in succession from his 13th hole and then seized the lead holing a 14-footer at his last to move to 13-under par on the PGA West course.

It left the very affable Scot trailing just two shots behind the leading American duo of Max Homa (65) and Tony Finau (7) and South Korean Si Woo Kim (67).

American Ricky Werenski signed for a 65 to be lying at 14-under par.

The Florida-based Knox’s effort is his lowest round since a 63 last September at the Safeway Open on route to a T9th result in the first event of the 2020/21 PGA Tour schedule.

Knox,  who commenced his round from the 10th hole, grabbed birdies at the holes 13, 14, 16, 18, 3, 4, 5 & 9 for just 26 putts.

“To be honest the first two days I’ve hit the ball very well, I’ve been extremely untidy especially around the greens. I think I missed six putts inside five feet,” said Knox.

“So, I’ve obviously made a lot of putts the first two days too, so basically just said to myself today just don’t miss the short ones and keep rolling the good ones.

“But I got into a beautiful rhythm with the putter today, started seeing the lines pretty early and just kind of kept it going. So it was — rounds like those are fun.”

Knox’s last taste of success was in capturing the 2018 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open.


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