Russell Knox relaxed on wildcard chances


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Russell Knox insists he will not sulk if he is misses out on one of Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke’s wildcards.

The Scot recently won the Travelers Championship recently and despite recording two other second place finishes, fell outside the top nine automatic qualifying places for the European team.

One of the main reasons for him falling short was that his victory at the WGC-HSBC Champions in November 2015 did not earn him any points as at the time he was not a member of the European Tour.

It means the 31-year-old is now relying on a wildcard if he is to feature at Hazeltine, with Clarke set to name his picks on Tuesday.

This week sees the FedEx Cup play-offs get underway at the Barclays and having finished fourth in the regular season standings, Knox will be hoping to make a fast start to the post-season at Bethpage Black.

The experienced duo of Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer are being mentioned as two of Clarke’s likely selections but it remains a mystery as to who will complete the trio.

Knox believes he has done everything possible to persuade the skipper to give him the nod but says he will not let it affect his results if he misses out.

“It’s important but it’s not the end of the world,” he told reporters in New York. “I feel like I’ve done everything I could do.

“I played my best. I made the commitment to join the European Tour so I was eligible. I played well. So I guess I’ve made my case and hopefully it’s good enough.”

Knox is currently 67.00 to win at Bethpage, with world number one Jason Day leading the betting at 8.00, ahead of Dustin Johnson who is priced at 10.00.

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