Knox, Putnam tied in Las Vegas

Fri Oct 17, 2014 9:35pm EDT
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(Reuters) - Russell Knox sank a 13-foot birdie at the final hole to join Andrew Putnam as leader of the $6.2 million Shiners Hospitals for Children Open after the second round in Las Vegas on Friday.

Knox, coming off a solid season in which he finished 40th in the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup standings, overcame two early bogeys to card a four-under-par 67 at the TPC Summerlin in Nevada.

He and tour rookie Putnam, whose brother Michael also plays on tour, were at 10-under 132, a stroke ahead of Andrew Svoboda (67) and Tony Finau (65), while defending champion Webb Simpson (65) was among a group two shots behind.

Martin Laird was tied for the lead after 15 holes before making a double bogey to finish the day two shots off the pace.

Stewart Cink had a nightmare start with a quadruple-bogey at his second hole, where he took six strokes to hole out from a greenside bunker. He ended the round seven strokes back.

Knox, 29, has not won on Tour, his closest call coming in a four-way playoff at last year’s Honda Classic, but he has progressed steadily in his two-plus seasons on the game's biggest stage.

“I don’t want to change anything,” he told Golf Channel. “I feel my progression has been nice and steady and if I just keep doing the same things I’m doing, I’ll improve year after year.”

Not that his second round was all smooth sailing.

“I didn’t get off to a great start. I got a bit worried because I was all over the map I didn’t feel real good with my swing (but) I knew if I just made some pars eventually something would click and I made some putts which settled me down.”   Continued...

Jan 25, 2014; La Jolla, CA, USA; Russell Knox chips out of the rough on the fifth hole during the third round of the Farmers Insurance Open golf tournament at Torrey Pines Municipal Golf Course - South Co. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports