TUESDAY, MAY 22, 2007
Russell Knox advances through local qualifying for U.S. Open
May 22, 2007
DeLAND, Fla. - With his collegiate career behind him, Russell Knox began his individual career on Monday with a bang - firing a two-under par 70 and getting one of six spots at the U.S. Open local qualifying tournament at Victoria Hills Golf Club.
Knox's quest for a spot in the U.S. Open will resume in the first week of June as he will compete at the sectional tournament on June 4 at the Jupiter Hills Club in Tequesta, Fla.
"It's a great opportunity, no matter what happens," Knox said. "I was fighting my swing all day, but I really got the putter going and made putts from everywhere."
The round got off to an ominous start with three-putt bogeys at the first and third. With teammate Jamie Kennedy handling the bag, he helped guide Knox back into contention and a barrage of birdies on the back nine.
Knox's run to the sectional started with birdies at No. 14 and 15, with a capper on 17. A bogey on the 18th at first looked to be painful and would have put him in a playoff.
"With Jamie was a big help on the bag as he calmed me down after those first three holes," Knox said. "Then, I just started making putts from everywhere. I would miss a green and make a 12 or 15-footer for par."
Upon turning his scorecard in, Knox realized that he was going to be a shot clear of the number for the playoff - which was one-under par, 71. There was a seven-way playoff for the final spot, including Don Donatello of The Golf Channel's Big Break fame.
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