November 11 2012
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- On one hand, Russell Knox wasn’t thinking about finishing in the top 125 on the money list after entering the final round of the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic in a tie for 32nd.
On the other, he played his first 14 holes in 7 under to at one point tie for the lead. Even a second-place finish would have helped him after beginning the week 156th on the money list.
Instead, Knox bogeyed his final two holes to fall down a few spots down the leaderboard -- and in the end out of the top 125 on the money list.
The first bogey was the hardest for Knox to swallow. He hit what he thought was a good bunker shot on the 17th hole only to have it land 17 feet away. He missed the par putt, then made another bogey on the 18th when he missed a 4-footer.
“I played as well as I think I ever have,” Knox said. “I feel like I got extremely robbed on 17.
“It looked like the ball had stopped like four feet. A little gust of wind and it goes off the green almost.”
That said, Knox still finished inside the top 150, which guarantees him at least full status on the Web.com Tour.
“I’m over the moon,” said Knox, who did most of his damage in the Fall Series with three finishes in the top 20. “That was my goal. So I think I can pat myself on the back.”