On a day when golf's finest were brought to their knees by slick greens and tough pin placements at TPC Sawgrass, Briton Russell Knox lamented a disastrous nine on the short 17th hole that sent him crashing out of contention at the Players Championship.
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — Russell Knox must have felt like he played the 17th hole with his pants around his ankles on Saturday. Knox arrived to the 17th tee at 8-under par, tied for fifth place, five shots out of the lead and he took a 9 on the hole after hitting three balls into the water. He walked to the 18th tee at 2-under par, tied for 34th place and 11 shots out of the lead. Knox, a Scotsman who makes his home in Jacksonville, hit his first tee shot short of the green. Instead of hitting his next one in the drop area, he opted to re-tee and he shanked his next shot into the water. He hit a third ball from the regular tee and hit that one short in the water. Finally, he went to the drop area and chipped onto the green, two-putted and walked off the green to a huge ovation, playfully raising his arms, and flipping the ball to someone in the crowd. Before Saturday, Knox, who entered the week ranked third on the PGA Tour in greens in regulation, was 1-under on No.
The island green at TPC Sawgrass claimed another victim Saturday. Scotland's Russell Knox went in the water three times and walked off with a 9, ruining his bid for a Players Championship title.
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla.
Russell Knox was just five shots off the lead when he arrived on the 17th tee towards the end of the third day at The Players Championship, but 10 minutes later he was out of contention.
Knox pokes fun at his own misfortune.
On a day when Jason Day survived greens that were almost unplayable at times to maintain his lead at the Players Championship in Florida, Briton Russell Knox on Saturday lamented a disastrous nine on the short 17th hole that sent him crashing out of contention.
Imagine what it must be like going back to the 17th hole at the Players Championship a day after you’ve put three balls in the water. Luckily for Russell Knox, his second effort was a lot better.
Russell Knox punched the air and laughed after taking nine shots at the 17th hole during the third round of the Players Championship