Knox, 'running on fumes,' can't go back-to-back


PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico – After a marathon stretch of golf that spanned the globe, Russell Knox finally ran out of steam Monday at the OHL Classic at Mayakoba.

Knox held a share of the lead when the final round resumed, and he held a one-shot advantage heading to the final hole. But there, Knox made a bogey after driving it into a bunker and ultimately lost to Graeme McDowell on the first hole of a playoff that also included Jason Bohn.

“It was unfortunate to hit a bad drive, since ultimately it cost me the tournament,” Knox said. “I’ve just got to hit a good drive, and I’ll definitely have a putt to win the tournament. I just wasn’t able to hit a good one. Hit a great second shot, but I’ve got to get the ball up and down there to win. Because I didn’t, I don’t deserve it.”

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Knox was playing for the fifth straight week, the only player on Tour to attempt such a schedule this fall, and was coming off a maiden victory just days ago at the WGC-HSBC Champions in China. While he failed to become the first player to earn his first two wins in successive weeks since Camilo Villegas in 2008, Knox remained pleased with his performance considering he was “running on fumes.”

“I was thrilled to have played this well. I didn’t expect it, to be honest,” he said. “But I was right there, I should have got it done.”