Knox takes up Euro membership to chase Ryder bid

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Scotland's Russell Knox has accepted European Tour membership for next year, a decision that makes him eligible for a potential spot on the European Ryder Cup team next fall.

Knox just completed a torrid stretch of golf, playing five events in as many weeks across four different countries. After his breakthrough victory at the WGC-HSBC Champions, Knox followed with a playoff loss last week at the OHL Classic at Mayakoba. Now ranked inside the top 30 in the world, the 30-year-old's chances of landing a spot at Hazeltine - which seemed beyond remote a month ago -  are very realistic.

As a result, Knox has opted to take on dual membership and will make his first start as a European Tour member next month at the 30-man Nedbank Golf Challenge in South Africa.

"I am excited about taking up European Tour membership in 2016 and I look forward to trying to make Darren Clarke's team," Knox told The Scotsman.

Last week in Mexico, Knox said he had plans to sit down with his management team to evaluate options, but indicated that it was "promising" that he would join up in Europe.

"I'd be stupid not to pursue it," Knox said. "I look forward to giving it a crack."

Knox will not receive Ryder Cup points retroactively for his win in China, but at No. 29 in the OWGR he will likely be a factor for one of the five spots determined by the world rankings. 

Knox's start in South Africa will be his final event of the year, and it will count as one of five European Tour starts he needs to make under the new membership bylaws announced this week. His manager, John Wiler, told The Scotsman that Knox plans to play both the Hyundai Tournament of Champions and Sony Open in Hawaii in January.

"Beyond that, he is not sure," Wiler said.