Hello again, readers! Today we were able to catch up with Developmental Staffer, Russell Knox who is playing at the Knoxville News Sentinel Open in Knoxville, TN. Russell has been having a phenomenal year on the Hooters tour, and we wanted to catch up with the man, himself.
When did you start playing golf?
I started playing when I was about 5 or 6 years old, but really was focusing on soccer until around 16. So, at 16 is when I really started playing in tournaments around Scotland and trying to land a scholarship in the U.S.
How did you get into the game?
My father played, he introduced me to the game. I used to play with him on weekend mornings with his friends and really enjoyed it.
How long have you been playing on the Hooters Tour?
This is my 3rd year, so 2 full seasons.
Are you enjoying your success?
Yeah, it’s a cool life. This is my best year to date and I have been lucky to enjoy it so far.
How many Nationwide events have you played in?
This is my 2nd, I played in one last year that I Monday qualified for.
What is the highlight of your golf career?
Winning for the first time on the Hooters Tour was amazing. I won at a course called Dancing Rabbit in Mississippi. I had finished 2nd at least 8 times before that win, so it was really cool. I have won twice this year, but I’ll never forget that first win.
What is your ultimate goal for your golf career?
Getting to the PGA Tour is obviously the ultimate goal. A weird thing is that I have always wanted to be known as the best links golfer, like Tom Watson. That has always been a goal of mine.
Do you ever get nervous when you are out there?
Absolutely, a couple weeks ago when I won, I barely slept the night before the final round. I got off to such a good start the first few days of that week and had never led going into the last day. It’s harder than people think, your mind wanders and you start thinking about winning. The first few holes are always a little nerve racking because you never really know what’s going to happen. But, you settle into the rhythm and you forget about them.
What do you do to calm the nerves?
Just concentrating on your breathing helps. It sounds obvious, but it helps.
How do you deal with the pressure of being in a performance based line of work?
Golf is a weird game especially on mini tours, its expensive. You play for your entry and travel and you need to finish top 30ish to make your money back. If you play poorly you lose a lot of money very quickly.
Driver: Longer or Straighter?
Trouble on the left or on the right?
Snack: Fruit or candy bar?
Morning Tee time or Afternoon?
The Open Championship or the Masters?
Wind or Rain?
Caddy: Opinions or just the facts?
Beer or Liquor?
Sports car or off road truck?
Beach vacation or Mountains?
Football or futball?