Russell Knox, Jacksonville University
Russell Knox graduated from Jacksonville University in 2007 after a stellar collegiate career for the Dolphins. A native of Inverness, Scotland, Knox earned membership to the 2004 ASUN All-Freshman Team after he led the Dolphins in four of seven events in his first season and earned an individual medalist honor.
A Second-Team All-Conference selection as a sophomore, Knox returned in 2006 to a heightened level of success. He earned membership to the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) All-American Team, and was also a Cleveland Golf All-America Scholar, eclipsing the requirements of at least a 3.2 cumulative grade point average and under a 76.0 stroke average for Division I play. That same season he helped lead Jacksonville to the ASUN Championship in record fashion and finished runner-up to teammate Duncan Stewart in a two-hole playoff for individual medalist honors.
Knox was named ASUN First-Team All-Conference in both 2006 and 2007, finished the 2006 season ranked 12th in the nation, and was selected to be a member of the Scottish National Team for the European Youth Championships. His 71.74 strokes per round average, set in the 2005-06 season, and his career average of 72.85, both remain lowest in JU golf history.
After graduating, Knox turned professional and joined the Hooters Tour where he won twice. In 2011, he joined the Nationwide Tour where he picked up a win and finished 12th on the money list to earn himself a PGA Tour card. His first PGA Tour event was later in 2011, and in 2012, he made 12 cuts in 23 starts. He played both the PGA Tour and the Web.com Tour in 2013. In July of that year, he shot 59 in the Albertsons Boise Open and made the Web.com finals to earn a full PGA Tour card for the 2014 season.
Knox has five wins as a professional and has earned 16 Top-10 finishes and a high of 10th in the FedEx Cup Standings since 2014. He qualified for the FedEx Cup playoffs again in 2015 and in November of 2016 won the World Golf Championship HSBC Championship in Shanghai, China, becoming the first Scot to win a WGC event. In 2016 he was also named the Scottish Player of the Year. As of October 1 he ranked 71st in FedEx Cup and 61st in World Golf rankings. Knox is an avid supporter of St. Jude Children’s Hospital and Blessings in a Backpack and was inducted into the Jacksonville University Hall of Fame in 2014.
AWARDS AND ACHIEVEMENTS
2016 World Golf Championships - HSBC Championships
2016 Travelers Championship (PGA Tour)
2011 Chiquita Classic (Web.Com)
2016 World Cup
2016 Scottish Player of the Year