Am Tour competitor celebrates son's PGA Tour qualification

By Jason DeeganSeptember 30, 2013, 2:29 am

LA QUINTA, Calif. – Mike Knox found the perfect salve to wash away the pain of a tough stretch of golf on the Nicklaus course at PGA West during the second round of the Golf Channel Am Tour Senior National Championships.

Knox and his wife, Val, watched their son, Russell Knox, clinch his PGA TOUR card for 2014 with a strong finish at the Tour Championship on a course they all know well, Pete Dye’s Valley course at TPC Sawgrass.

Russell Knox shot a final-round one-under 69 for a tie for sixth place, finishing at seven-under-par, three shots back of winner Chesson Hadley. The performance propelled Knox into 20th place among the 50 players who earned TOUR cards based on the new fall qualifying system that has replaced Q-School.

'It was a rollercoaster of a day,' Mike Knox said. 'I’m just so proud of what he has accomplished.'

Russell Knox, who turned pro in 2007, learned the game growing up in Scotland. When he moved to Florida to play golf at Jacksonville University, his parents soon followed him to the place all three now call home.

Mike Knox, who originally moved to Scotland when he was 21, said nerves tormented him throughout his round on the Greg Norman course. Playing in the Sr. Palmer flight, he shot 11-over-par the final four holes. That’s a far cry from the day in 2011 when he won an Am Tour event at TPC Sawgrass, while his son captured the Chiquita Classic in Ohio.

'When Russell gets home, I’m going to have a lesson,' the 58-year-old joked. “I’ve got two days to go (to make up some shots). That’s okay (how I finished). There was a lot on my mind. Tomorrow I don’t have to think about him. Today was his day.'

After a full season on TOUR in 2012, Russell Knox split his time between the PGA TOUR and the Tour this season. The 28-year-old made eight of 11 cuts on TOUR, earning $305,000, good for 197th on the money list. He made 12 of 15 cuts on the Tour as well, earning roughly $160,000.

Mike Knox said he wanted his son to “play safe” by competing in more Tour events instead of PGA TOUR events late in the season to guarantee his status next season. His son didn’t listen. “He was so confident that he would win a PGA TOUR event,” Mike Knox recalled. “He stuck with it every chance he got. He played well, with the exception of a putt or chip here or there, he could have easily been in the top 125 (in the FedEXCup).”

Brumley records first ace


Alan Brumley, 53, of Atascocita, Texas, sank a hole-in-one on the eighth hole of the Nicklaus course at PGA West during the second round Sunday, a shot that propelled him up the leaderboard in the Jones flight. Brumley, a regional sales manager in the natural gas industry, used an 8-iron from 135 yards for his second career ace. None of the three players on the tee saw the ball go in, but one of their wives behind the green did. It took one bounce, rattled the flagstick and crawled inside the cup.

'It was a shocker,' he said. 'I played so bad yesterday in round one. My expectations were not good going into today.

'It was an awesome feeling. You never expect the ball to find the bottom of the cup.'

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Tiger Tracker: 147th Open Championship

By Tiger TrackerJuly 21, 2018, 2:15 pm

Tiger Woods, in search of his 15th career major championship title, started the weekend six off the lead at Carnoustie. We're tracking him in Round 3 of The Open.

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Rose's Saturday 64 matches Carnoustie Open record

By Ryan LavnerJuly 21, 2018, 1:03 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Justin Rose needed to sink a 14-foot putt on the final hole Friday just to make the cut on the number at The Open.

Freewheeling when he came to the course Saturday, Rose tied the lowest score ever recorded in an Open at Carnoustie.

Entering the weekend nine shots off the lead, the world No. 3 carded a bogey-free, 7-under 64 to at least make things interesting. It won’t be known for several hours how many shots Rose will be behind, but his back-nine 30 gives him an opportunity, if the wind blows 25 mph Sunday as forecast, to challenge the leaders.

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After all, Paul Lawrie was 10 shots back entering the final round here in 1999.

“I think the birdie on 18 last night freed me up, and I’m just very happy to be out on this golf course and not down the road somewhere else this morning,” said Rose, who is at 4-under 209. “So that might have been part of the shift in mindset today. I had nothing to lose from that point of view.”

Rose’s 64 matched Steve Stricker and Richard Green’s record score at Carnoustie (2007).

It also was Rose’s career-low round in a major.

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Watch: Full replays of The Open coverage

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 21, 2018, 12:20 pm

NBC Sports and Golf Channel are showcasing nearly 50 hours of live coverage of the 147th Open. Missed anything? Well, you can catch up right here. Click on the links below for replays from Carnoustie, broken down into daily segments:

Saturday, Day 3 (Times ET)

4:30-7AM (Watch): Sunny skies and birdies were on the menu early in Round 3, as Justin Rose made his way around Carnoustie in 64 strokes. Click here or on the image below to watch.

Friday, Day 2 (Times ET)

8:20AM-3PM (Watch): As the skies cleared on Friday afternoon, defending champion Jordan Spieth made a run to try and regain the claret jug. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Jordan Spieth, Justin Rose and Kiradech Aphibarnrat.

1:30-8:20AM (Watch): On a rainy Friday morning at Carnoustie, Rory McIlroy shot 69 to reach 4 under, while Zach Johnson fired a 67 for the early lead. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Brooks Koepka, Ian Poulter and Cameron Smith.

Thursday, Day 1 (Times ET)

Noon-4PM (Watch): Tiger Woods was up and down in the afternoon, as winds picked up a little and no one could catch Kevin Kisner. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Woods, Russell Knox and Hideki Matsuyama.

1:30-8:25AM (Watch): Defending champion Jordan Spieth got off to a good start, while Kevin Kisner (66) set the early pace. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Rickie Fowler, Jon Rahm and Chris Wood.

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How to watch The Open on TV and online

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 21, 2018, 8:30 am

You want to watch the 147th Open? Here’s how you can do it.

Golf Channel and NBC Sports will be televising 182 hours of overall programming from the men's third major of the year at Carnoustie

In addition to the traditional coverage, the two networks will showcase three live alternate feeds: marquee groups, featured holes (our new 3-hole channel) and spotlight action. You can also watch replays of full-day coverage, Thursday-Sunday, in the Golf Channel app, NBC Sports apps, and on  

Here’s the weekly TV schedule, with live stream links in parentheses. You can view all the action on the Golf Channel mobile, as well. Alternate coverage is noted in italics:

(All times Eastern; GC=Golf Channel; NBC=NBC Sports; or check the GLE app)

Monday, July 16

GC: 7-9AM: Morning Drive (

GC: 9-11AM: Live From The Open (

GC: 7-9PM: Live From The Open (

Tuesday, July 17

GC: 6AM-2PM: Live From The Open (

Wednesday, July 18

GC: 6AM-2PM: Live From The Open (

Thursday, July 19

GC: Midnight-1:30AM: Midnight Drive (

GC: Day 1: The Open, live coverage: 1:30AM-4PM ( Day 1: The Open, Spotlight: 1:30AM-4PM ( Day 1: The Open, Marquee Groups: 4AM-3PM ( Day 1: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 4AM-3PM (

GC: Live From The Open: 4-5PM (

Friday, July 20

GC: Day 2: The Open, live coverage: 1:30AM-4PM ( Day 2: The Open, Spotlight: 1:30AM-4PM ( Day 2: The Open, Marquee Groups: 4AM-3PM ( Day 2: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 4AM-3PM (

GC: Live From The Open: 4-5PM (

Saturday, July 21

GC: Day 3: The Open, live coverage: 4:30-7AM (

NBC: Rd. 3: The Open, live coverage: 7AM-3PM ( Day 3: The Open, Spotlight: 4:30AM-3PM ( Day 3: The Open, Marquee Groups: 5AM-3PM ( Day 3: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 5AM-3PM (

GC: Live From The Open: 3-4PM (

Sunday, July 22

GC: Day 4: The Open, live coverage: 4:30-7AM (

NBC: Rd. 4: The Open, live coverage: 7AM-2:30PM ( Day 4: The Open, Spotlight: 4:30AM-2:30PM ( Day 4: The Open, Marquee Groups: 5AM-2PM ( Day 4: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 5AM-2PM (

GC: Live From The Open: 2:30-4PM (