FARMINGDALE, N.Y. – Russell Knox knows he’ll get a phone call in a couple of days. He just hopes it’s the right kind.
Knox shot a 1-under 70 in the final round of The Barclays, finishing the tournament at 4 over par and well off the pace. While U.S. captain Davis Love III won’t make his selections for a couple more weeks, European skipper Darren Clarke will round out his 12-man roster with three selections on Tuesday.
Knox hopes to be one of those three picks, having won earlier this month at the Travelers Championship, but he knows his fate is now out of his hands.
“Just happy to be done today, and I look forward to the announcement,” Knox said. “Hopefully I’ll make it, but I have no idea what to expect. I’m just going to wait for the phone call and see what happens.”
Knox also won earlier this season at the WGC-HSBC Champions, but he didn’t receive any Ryder Cup credit for that victory since he wasn’t a European Tour member at the time. Had he gotten points for his win in China, Knox would have comfortably been one of the nine players to automatically qualify for the team.
Instead he’s now on the outside looking in, grouped with veterans like Lee Westwood, Martin Kaymer and Graeme McDowell vying for one of Clarke’s three picks. That pool of contenders became a bit more crowded Sunday when Belgium’s Thomas Pieters, who like Knox would be the sixth rookie on the 12-man team, won the European Tour’s Made in Denmark two weeks after finishing fourth at the Olympics.
While Knox remains optimistic, he’s preparing himself for either outcome on Tuesday.
“Either way, it’s going to be a massive confidence boost for me,” he said. “If I make it, I’m going to be super pumped to play well and ultimately I’ll have so much excitement. And if I don’t make it, I mean, I’m going to be motivated more than ever to win the FedEx Cup.”
While he doesn’t exactly have a vote on the matter, Jordan Spieth sung Knox’s praises after playing the first two rounds at Bethpage Black alongside the Scot.
“I don’t think there’s any doubt he deserves that pick,” Spieth said Friday. “I think it would be ridiculous if he didn’t get one of the picks.”