US PGA: Russell Knox wants to add a 'cherry on top' of his best year

Russell Knox
Russell Knox said his game is in good shape ahead of the PGA Championship
US PGA Championship
Venue: Baltusrol Golf Club, New Jersey Date:28-31 July
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Scottish golfer Russell Knox believes he is "moving in the right direction" in the Majors ahead of this week's US PGA Championship at Baltusrol.

And the Inverness-born Knox wants to add a "cherry on top" to the best year of his career.

"I've made my last two major cuts which is a step in the right direction for me," Knox told BBC Sport.

"Now it's about time I go ahead and do decent in one, so that's my main goal this week."

The omens are good for the Florida-based 31-year-old. Only one major men's tournament held at Baltusrol has been won by a non-American; the 1903 US Open, which was won by a Scot who had relocated to the USA - Willie Anderson.

In addition, all three Majors this year have been won by first-time winners.

Knox gets his opening round under way on Thursday with Australian Marc Leishman and Thailand's Kiradech Aphibarnrat at 18:25 BST.

"I'm excited," he said. "My game feels pretty good. You just never know when it's going to be your time - you've just got to aim at the pin and hopefully make the putt.

"It has been a good year. It's definitely been the best year of my career; but there's room for a cherry on top of the cake.

"It would be nice to get another trophy but if I play well for the rest of the year I'll be really happy, but even if I don't, picking up my first trophy (the 2015 WGC-HSBC Champions in China) was a big milestone."

Henrik Stenson
Russell Knox saw Henrik Stenson win his first Major at Royal Troon two weeks ago

It is unusual for two Majors to be played so close together, with the Open Championship just two weeks ago. The US PGA Championship has been moved forward in order to accommodate the Olympic Games in Rio.

Knox feels having both so close together could work in his favour after encouraging displays at Royal Troon and the Scottish Open at Castle Stuart.

"I loved every minute of it," he said. "I played pretty good. Tied 10th and tied 30th; respectable showings but I felt like I should have done better. It was two very enjoyable weeks I'll never forget.

"I think a lot of people tend to over-prepare. I'm quite good at under-preparing.

"I'm trying to win but you can't stand on the first tee and think 'I'm going to win this tournament'. Maybe I should actually because what I've been doing hasn't been working.

"You're just trying to play good, make the cut, and you just never know. It just takes one really good round to get into a tournament and give yourself a goal on Sunday."

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