12 Things You Didn't Know About Russell Knox

12 Things You Didn't Know About Russell Knox

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Get to know the Scotsman, Russell Knox, a little better.

12 Things You Didn't Know About Russell Knox

Russell Knox has been a professional golfer for over 10 years, achieving several victories, including the WGC-HSBC Champions and the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open.

The Scot has been a regular performer on both the European and PGA Tours for a number of seasons now, but how well do you actually know him?

Get to know Knox a little better here.

12 Things You Didn't Know About Russell Knox

1. Russell Knox was born 21st June 1985 in Inverness, Scotland.

2. His father was born in San Diego, California and his mother was born in Inverness.

3. Growing up, Knox's family would wear shirts with "Roo's Crew" printed on the front to show support for the Winn-Dixie Jacksonville Open. This lead to him getting the nickname "Roo".

4. The Scot relocated to the USA to attend Jacksonville University on a golf scholarship. Knox graduated with a business management degree.

5. Knox's hobbies include table tennis, travelling and football. His favourite team is Aberdeen FC.

Russell Knox You Didn't Know

Knox at the 2015 Scottish Open. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

6. After turning professional in 2007, Knox played for four years on the Hooters and Korn Ferry Tour. He eventually earned his PGA Tour card in 2012, finishing 12th on the Korn Ferry Tour's Money List.

7. Knox's sister, Diane Campbell, was a radio DJ on Scottish station Clyde 1. She has since relocated to Florida and now works in media.

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8. In his debut season on the PGA Tour, Knox finished 179th in the FedEx standings. The next year he regained his PGA Tour card after finishing T6 at the Korn Ferry Tour Championship.

9. Knox enjoyed his best season to date in 2016, when he won the WGC-HSBC Champions, becoming the first player in WGC history to win a WGC title on debut. He also became the first Scot to win a WGC event. Knox also won the Travelers Championship.

Russell Knox You Didn't Know

Knox's biggest win to date came at the WGC-HSBC Champions. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)

10. The Scot married Mexican tennis player Andrea Hernandez in April 2014. Andrea and her sister, Maria, own CRYOtherapy Jax, a cryotherapy recovery centre located in Jacksonville, Florida.

11. In 2018, Knox defeated Ryan Fox in a playoff to win the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open. It was his first Rolex Series event victory.

12. Knox is sponsored by Srixon, Cleveland Golf, Mutual of Omaha and Vineyard Vines. The Scot uses a Ping driver, Cleveland woods and wedges, Srixon irons and a TaylorMade putter.

Matt Cradock
Staff Writer

Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.

Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.

Matt’s current What’s In The Bag?

Driver: Honma TW747, 8.75°

Fairway Wood: TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2, 15°, 19°

Hybrid: Adams Super Hybrid, 22°

Irons: Mizuno MP54, 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Tour Satin, 50°, 56°, 60°

Putter: Cleveland TFI 2135 Satin Cero

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x