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Russell Knox ‘not playing pro golf to make friends'

Scotland golfer Russell Knox does not feel he needs to build friendships to strengthen his chances of making his Ryder Cup debut next year.

The 32-year-old was overlooked for a captain’s pick by Darren Clarke in 2016 as Europe fell to a 17-11 defeat at Hazeltine. However, Knox would have qualified automatically had he been a European Tour member at the time of his WGC-HSBC Champions win.

Clarke instead opted for European-based trio Lee Westwood, Martin Kaymer and Thomas Pieters, with team chemistry one of the key components for a Ryder Cup captain when it comes to the make-up of their team. But does it concern Knox that he isn’t very close to many of the European Tour’s top names?

“I’m not playing professional golf to make friends,” the current world No.66 told bunkered.co.uk. “I’m friends with Scott Jamieson and others and when I come over, I do speak to people, but I wouldn’t say I’m super close. That doesn’t hurt my chances of making the team though.

“The captain is going to pick the 12 best players and for the guys that qualify automatically, it doesn’t matter who they are.

“I don’t care if I’m not best friends with everyone – I’ll get along with anyone. I’m an easy-going guy and I’d just love to be a part of it. My goal is to play well at the start of the year and seriously have a good run at it. But that comes from me. I’ve got to start well, be in the world top 50 and get into the majors and WGCs – otherwise I’ve got no chance.”





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