Russell Knox
Russell Knox
34-Year-Old Golfer
2018–19 Fantasy Outlook
Knox busted-out in a big way in 2016 when he picked-up two wins on the PGA Tour and nearly $5 million in earnings. He fell back to Earth the season after, but many expected a rebound last season; a rebound that never came. Since rejoining the PGA Tour in 2014, Knox has four seasons where he earned between $1.4 million and $1.9 million. The evidence is building that his 2016 season was a fluke and what we've seen in four of the past five seasons, is actually who he is. With that in mind, he's just a good, but not great salary cap option this season. He does have added value in the salary cap format however because of that one spectacular season and his enormous upside. Read Past Outlooks
Finishes strong at Travelers
June 24, 2019
Knox carded a five-under 65 in the final round of the Travelers Championship to finish in a share of 21st place.
The 34-year-old Scot vaulted up the leaderboard Sunday, moving up 46 spots with his 65 and nearly cracking the top-20. Knox carded four birdies over the final nine holes, making himself a good chunk of money but still falling well short of a win, something he did in 2016 at the Travelers. Despite not winning, he still has two top-10 finishes this season and has missed just two cuts this calendar year.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Knox cleaned-up during the fall portion of the 2016-17 season, racking up three top-10s and four top-20s in all, but the 2017 portion of the season didn't go quite as smoothly. During that portion of the season, Knox managed only one top-10 and he missed more cuts than he made. It's tough to get a clear reading on Knox because he earned nearly $5 million during the 2015-16 season, which means his performance last fall could merely have been a continuation of his hot play during the previous season. That said, Knox proved his ceiling is really high and spending more than $1.6 million, might not be a bad idea this season.
Knox was a very productive player in the two seasons leading-up to last year, but no one saw his performance from last season coming. Knox earned $1.5 million in 2014 and $1.9 million in 2015, but those numbers came without the benefit of a win. He remedied that last season, by winning not once, but twice. In addition to his two wins, he also earned two runner-ups. A great season for Knox for sure, but he set the bar impossibly high for the upcoming season for salary cap purposes. In draft leagues he'll likely be a 2nd-round selection.
Talk about a huge jump up; Knox who had failed to crack the $600k mark in his first two seasons on the PGA Tour, surpassed all expectations last season by earning just over $1.5 million. Knox is fairly new to the professional golf scene, so there's no telling where his ceiling lies. The problem of course is that he set the bar awfully high last year. Again, with so many unknowns, it's hard to justify paying such a high price for a guy who hasn't exactly been there and done that. In draft leagues he should go near the 7th round.
If healthy the 21-year-old can absolutely play. If given enough opportunities, Knox should shine this season on PGA Tour.
In just his first full-season on the Nationwide Tour, Knox played extremely well and earned his way onto the PGA Tour. Knox started his 2011 season with a runner-up finish, but he didn't let complacency set in. He went on to win his first title in July and only missed one cut after that win. Knox could be a sneaky sleeper this year as he'll come in well under the radar.
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Teeing it up at the Travelers
June 16, 2019
Knox (not injury related) is listed in the field for this week's Travelers Championship.
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Withdraws from RBC Canadian Open
June 2, 2019
Knox withdrew Sunday from the upcoming RBC Canadian Open, Rob Bolton of reports.
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Jumps into T8 in final round
May 27, 2019
Knox fired a bogey-free five-under 65 in the final round of the Charles Schwab Challenge to move into a tie for eighth place.
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Cold putter leads to MC at PGA
May 21, 2019
Knox missed the cut at the PGA Championship by one shot after rounds of 72-73.
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Cards albatross at Innisbrook
March 25, 2019
Knox closed with a two-over 73 on Sunday at the Valspar Championship to finish one-under and tied for 24th.
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