Russell Knox has had a fine start to the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship with a round of 66 at St Andrews.
The Scot currently sits at -6 on the leaderboard, a big improvement on his performance at Wentworth last weekend in the BMW PGA Championship. Knox noticed that improvement himself, particularly in the way he was striking the ball on the Old Course.
“I played very good to be honest,” he said.
“It was probably one of my best ball-striking rounds I’ve had all season. I felt very much in control and holed a few putts early, which to save par from kind of like five, seven feet, which was nice.
“A few went in for birdie. It was a good day. I was very pleased.”
Knox, born in Inverness, knows that St Andrews holds a particularly special place in the hearts of golfers from Scotland. Despite having relocated to the United States, Knox still feels like playing St Andrews is a dream come true.
“There’s very few places in the world I’ve been to that are as special as St. Andrews,” he said.
“Even if you’re not a golf fan, being a professional, a Scottish professional, it’s a dream come true to play here. It’s kind of a pinch yourself moment. I’m very proud of my 66.”
Amongst his many fine shots in the opening round, Knox has admitted that his shot with a seven iron on 11 was one of the best he thinks he has ever hit.
“The shot into 11 was one of the best shots I have ever felt coming off the club,” he said.
“I hit a seven iron and just kind of held it against the wind perfect and went to probably five feet and an inch away.”
As to why he felt his shots better in this round? Well, Knox has a secret even his caddie does not know about.
“Don’t tell my caddie, but I switched shafts this week, but I never let him know,” he revealed.
“It was a big secret because I didn’t want him to like freak out.
“So, I went from an X100 to an S300, it is a little softer shaft, but he doesn’t know so don’t tell him. And hopefully he doesn’t read the papers.”
Knox and his amateur teammate Indian businessman Nikesh Arora will tackle Carnoustie in the 2nd round, teeing off from the 10th hole at 10.40am.