WITB: Russell Knox, WGC-HSBC Champions

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Knox becomes both the first Scot and first debutant to win a WGC event

Russell Knox became the first player to win a WGC on his debut (he was the 7th reserve at one point), and the first Scot to win one, when he beat Kevin Kisner by two shots after shooting a 68 in Shanghai.

The Scot teed off at 7.45 am on his own after choosing not to play the 18th hole of his third round and it proved to be the beginning of a magical day.

Knox led the field in birdies (25) and ranked T3 in greens in regulation (84.72 percent) using Srixon’s Z 545 (5-iron) and Z 745 (6-9) irons.


“It’s incredible. I always hoped it (a win) was going to happen but you’re just never sure,” the 30-year-old said.

“Deep down in my bones I felt I was capable of winning. I thought it was going to be maybe another year, but I’m glad it happened now.”

What’s in the bag?

Driver: Cleveland Classic XL Custom (Aldila Tour Blue 65TX shaft), 9 degrees
3-wood: Titleist 915F (Aldila Tour Blue 85TX shaft), 15 degrees
Hybrids: Cleveland Launcher DST (20.5 degrees)
Cleveland Mashie (23 degrees)
Irons: Srixon Z 545 (5-iron; True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shaft)
Srixon Z 745 (6-9; True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shafts) 
Wedges: Cleveland 588 Rotex 2.0 (48 degrees; True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shaft)
Cleveland Rotex (54, 60 degrees; True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 shafts)
Putter: Scotty Cameron Tour Rat 2
Ball: Srixon Z Star
Grips: Lamkin UTx Blue .58, round

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