PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico – Russell Knox’s globetrotting campaign continues this week at the OHL Classic at Mayakoba.
Knox is the PGA Tour’s most well-traveled player of the new wraparound season, the only participant to tee it up in each of the first five weeks. All told, he has logged more than 22,000 miles in the air – and counting.
“I’m the only one crazy enough to do it,” Knox added.
This marathon stretch of travel wasn’t the plan for Knox, but he’s certainly not complaining. The 30-year-old snuck into the field at the WGC-HSBC Champions at the last minute, then went on to earn his maiden victory against an elite field.
After making his post-victory flight out of Shanghai, and connecting through both Los Angeles and Atlanta, Knox finally arrived in Mexico a little jetlagged but all smiles.
“I’m not feeling great, to be honest. I didn’t sleep very good the first couple nights here,” he said. “I don’t expect a whole lot out of myself this week, but I’m going to enjoy every minute of it.”
Despite the whirlwind that accompanies a win, Knox said he never really considered withdrawing from this week’s event. One of the Tour’s most accurate ball-strikers, he listed El Camaleon alongside Colonial and Harbour Town among his favorite venues.
While Knox’s frequent flier account continues to grow, he still has yet to come to grips with his two-shot win that vaulted him to No. 31 in the world rankings. Not that that’s a problem, though.
“It’s been pretty much nonstop,” he said. “I look at pictures of me holding the trophy every couple hours just to make sure it actually did happen. I hope it never sinks in.”