Knox rues 'epic fail' on day of disasters at Players' Championship

Sun May 15, 2016 1:04am EDT
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May 14 (Reuters) - On a day when golf's finest were brought to their knees by slick greens and tough pin placements at TPC Sawgrass, Briton Russell Knox lamented a disastrous nine on the short 17th hole that sent him crashing out of contention at the Players Championship.

Coming into the penultimate hole only five strokes adrift of leader Jason Day, the Scot hit three balls into the water surrounding the island green before ending up with a six-over he described as an “epic fail”.

The nightmarish nine was compounded by a three-putt bogey at the closing hole and Knox ended with an eight-over 80 to drop into a tie for 40th, 13 shots behind Day at the end of the third round.

Knox's tee shot on the 17th, which played 129 yards with the pin near the front-left, was short.

Instead of going to the drop area, the Scot shanked a second off the tee well right and his third attempt also came up short.

“It's such an easy shot when you have no nerves or adrenaline,” the 30-year-old said.

“A pro would never miss that. We should know what we're doing. But it's a different story once you've hit two in a row in the water. The green felt like it was the size of a quarter.”

After pitching from the drop zone to 38 feet behind the hole, the crowd gave Knox an ironic cheer and he raised his arms in mock celebration. He holed his second putt from seven feet.

“I ended up making an awesome putt for nine,” he said.   Continued...

May 14, 2016; Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, USA; Russell Knox hits his tee shot on the 6th hole during the third round of the 2016 Players Championship golf tournament at TPC Sawgrass - Stadium Course. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports