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Russell Knox eyeing up Ryder Cup place

By Phil Casey

Published 10/11/2015

Up for the Cup: Russell Knox lifts the HSBC Champions trophy in Shanghai but it won’t count towards Ryder Cup points
Up for the Cup: Russell Knox lifts the HSBC Champions trophy in Shanghai but it won’t count towards Ryder Cup points

The bad news for Russell Knox is that he could already have been almost halfway towards securing his place on next year's European Ryder Cup team.

The good news is that the Florida-based Scot is now firmly on the radar of European captain Darren Clarke following his breakthrough victory in the HSBC Champions in Shanghai.

Knox was initially seventh reserve for the event and only found out he would be making his World Golf Championship debut at Sheshan International a few days before.

A final round of 68 gave the 30-year-old the first prize of £900,000 and would have taken him top of the Ryder Cup qualifying race with 1,264,451 points if he had been a member of the European Tour. Jamie Donaldson needed 2,676,347 points to qualify in 2014.

Knox has until the final day of the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai next week to join the tour for next season by submitting an application form and paying the £500 fee, but he cannot retrospectively claim the points from Shanghai.

"It's going to be a goal of mine to make the European Ryder Cup team and this obviously springboards me to a higher place," Knox said. "I have no idea where I stand for making the team or what I need to do. But I look forward to finding out and giving it a run, that's for sure."

Meanwhile, Bernhard Langer's phenomenal record in seniors golf continued when he won the Charles Schwab Cup points title for the second straight year and third time overall.

The 58-year-old German also won the Champions Tour money title for a fourth year in succession and a record seventh time in eight seasons and is confident of yet more success despite the ban on anchored putting which comes into effect on January 1.

He said: "I'll probably go back to what I did before, holding the putter against the left forearm.

"I putted that way for seven years and won a number of tournaments including the Masters."

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