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Russell Knox won’t ‘force friendships’ in Ryder Cup bid

Russell Knox has refused to “force” friendships on the European Tour as he bids to play in next year’s Ryder Cup.

Knox believes he can be a part of Thomas Bjorn’s team in Paris naturally, by way of letting his golf do the talking on the greens.

Immediately after his bitter disappointment of missing out on Darren Clarke’s picks for last year’s match in Minnesota--despite winning a World Golf Championship and a PGA Tour event in the previous 12 months--Knox admitted his case hadn’t been helped by him being based in the US.

Knox feels that he didn’t really have anyone in his corner when Clarke and his vice-captains made their three wildcard picks, which eventually went to Thomas Pieters, Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer. But the 32-year-old has no intention of trying to become best pals with Bjorn or anyone else in a bid to strengthen his case for selection.

“I’m not really here to sit down and pal around with people,” explained the Scottish No.1. “It’s not really my personality to do that. Over time, I’m sure I’ll get chatting with Thomas here and there and I’m also sure I’ll play with him eventually. It will be the same with the other guys who are going to be in the team. But I don’t think it needs to be forced because then it’s not natural.

“The Ryder Cup is obviously a huge goal, and it’s all up to me. You don’t have to be best friends with everyone to make the team. If you can play well, you will earn your way in and, if I can do that, then I’m on the way to creating a lot of good friendships that will hopefully last forever.”

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