Russell Knox found himself on the wrong side of the bubble two weeks ago in the U.S. has he was No. 71 in the FedEx Cup standings after the Dell Technologies Championship, missing last week’s BMW Championship by one spot.
The 32-year-old Scot has favored a PGA Tour schedule since turning pro but now looks to his native Europe to get some more starts under his belt.
This will be Knox’ first Portugal Masters appearance. Seeing a course for the first time didn’t bother him when he won the WGC-HSBC Champions in 2015, one of his two PGA Tour victories.
Knox hasn’t been able to replicate his fantastic 2016 that saw him reach the world top 20. Still, he’s shown flashes. His best finish of the year came last month at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational where he finished T5.
He’s been top-30 on the PGA Tour in driving four seasons in a row. The difference this year in his performance stems partially from his iron play. Knox was top-10 in greens in regulation in 2015 and 2016 but has dipped to 71st this year.
If that straightens out, Knox is good enough around the greens to put it all together for a win this week.