Russell Knox – Holds A US Passport, Father Born In US But He’s Scottish To The Core.

Scotland-born Russell Knox has clearly ruled out any talk of him competing for the USA Team should he qualify automatically for the Ryder Cup.

The 28-year old Scot had gone within a whisker of a first-ever PGA Tour victory a fortnight ago when he was involved in a four-man play-off for the Honda Classic title.

Scotland-born Russell Knox will play for Europe if he should ever qualify for the  Ryder Cup.  (Photo - Fran Caffrey/www.golffile.ie)

Scotland-born Russell Knox will play for Europe if he should ever qualify for the Ryder Cup. (Photo – Fran Caffrey/www.golffile.ie)

It was Knox’s great showing at the ‘Bear Trap’ that prompted suggestions, given his father is American-born, that he could be eligible to compete in a USA Team, if and when he should ever qualify.

However the Jacksonville-based Knox ruled that out on the eve of this week’s Valspar Championship at Tampa Bay.

“There is no conversation about me playing for Europe should I ever qualify and that talk was blown out of proportion,” he said.

“I do have a US passport but I view myself 100% Scottish, so it would Europe all the way.

“It is a nice problem to talk about but realistically I am such a long way away from qualifying.    

“All my focus at the moment is going one better than the Honda Classic and thereby qualifying for the Masters next month.

“But then I am not going to lie as when they announced the Ryder Cup was going to Gleneagles in  Scotland that was always kind of my goal, and that was probably before I was even a pro.

“However I am more concerned with improving and if it takes 10 more years for me to qualify for the Ryder Cup then I’m fine with that.”

There is a similar like precedent with Australia’s Aaron Baddeley whose father is also American born.   Baddeley could have been eligible to play in the USA  Presidents Cup side however the PGA Tour ruled he was an ‘International’.

Knox is among 13 Europeans, including the 2012 victorious Ryder Cup foursome of Justin Rose, Luke Donald, Peter Hanson and Nicolas Colsaerts in this week’s field.

However at this stage the closest of those four to gaining automatic 2014 selection is Rose and the reigning US Open champion.

Rose is only a couple of spots shy of breaking into the top-nine and he’s confident with still four Majors, one WGC and some seven months remaining of qualifying for a third Ryder Cup.

“When you look at the present make-up of both teams and it seems like the rookies and the younger names like Victor Dubuisson, Jamie Donaldson and the likes in the US of Patrick Reed, Harris English already looking likely to cement their places in the team,” said Rose.

“Normally, at this stage of qualifying it’s the other way around with those who have played in the Ryder Cup and who have the experience and it will be the rookies or the up and comers are vying for the seventh, eighth, ninth and 10th spots.

“This year though you can almost guarantee that a few of those guys are already in the team’s which is going to mean some of the bigger names are going to have to fight to make the teams, and that’s the case on both sides.

“As for myself, I am not worried at all.  I feel like my game will be ready when the time comes and believe, and you should never count your chickens, but I should be on the team.”

Knox will play the opening two rounds of the $US 5.7m championship in the company of the American duo of Robert Garrigus and Roberto Castro teeing up later today (THUR) at 1pm (UK time).



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