PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – It should come as no surprise that a Scot found a way to handle Friday's difficult conditions at the Honda Classic.
Despite a pair of weather-related suspensions and a soggy layout at PGA National, Russell Knox carded a 2-under 68 in his second round. At 3 under, he trails leader Patrick Reed by just three shots despite playing in the more difficult late/early portion of this week’s draw.
With winds gusting and rain falling intermittently, Knox felt right at home.
“Oh, I want it nasty. I love playing in this stuff,” said Knox, who was born in Inverness. “Obviously I’ve had a lot of practice growing up in Scotland.”
Knox is contending for the second straight year on the Champion Course, having lost to Russell Henley in a four-man playoff last year. After two straight sub-par rounds, the 28-year-old credited his success to work around the greens.
“My short game saved my bacon quite a few times today,” Knox said.
The stat line supports his assertion: While hitting only 21 of 36 greens, he is averaging 27 putts per round and has made just three bogeys.
While many players bristle at the conditions presented this week at PGA National, Knox views them as an opportunity to truly test his game – and thus far, he’s been up to the challenge.
“I love this course because you’re never comfortable,” he said. “Everyone has that horrible feeling. That’s one of the things I’ve worked on, is being comfortable with being uncomfortable. And that’s what the PGA Tour is all about.”