Mark Daubney: Russell Knox showing the value of late run on

Mark Daubney
Mark Daubney

Russell Knox has jumped straight from journeyman golfer to dine at the rich top table of the golfing world.

His stunning win in the WGC Champions event in China, an event that sits in prestige just below the four majors, means he will rise comfortably into the world rankings top 50.

This means he will now make his debut at The Masters in April but also gets him into the other WGC events, not only are these lucrative but they are also laden with world ranking points giving him an outstanding chance of staying in the coveted top 50.

The result, for this American-based Scot, was remarkable for a number of reasons.

Firstly the event was full of golf’s major stars and as he had never won before on either the European or PGA tours it was an amazing place to secure a first win.

He was indeed only seventh reserve to play in the event but a number of drop outs allowed him his place at the last minute. His rush to get to China was so great his caddy couldn’t keep up with him due to visa issues and his wife had to do the honours of carrying his bag for the practice round, never had she been so happy to see his caddy the next day.

He has made a steady if unspectacular rise through the golfing ranks but all that has changed now.

As for the race to Dubai, the title for the leading golfer on the European Tour, with only two events to go Yorkshire’s own Danny Willett had a stunning 62 in the last round to thank for his third place finish and a closing of the gap to the number one player, Rory McIlroy.

Danny now stands just over 70,000 Euros behind, this sounds a lot but in these big money final events it can be overhauled quite quickly.

Matthew Fitzpatrick, also flying the flag for Yorkshire in his debut year, had another top ten finish and is starting to 10 like the real deal.

It looks like exciting times for Yorkshire golf, with John Parry retaining his card for next year and a number of our county’s players at Tour School over the next few weeks the future looks bright.