Russell Knox suffers Open qualifying play-off misery

Knox is from Inverness but is based in the United States
Knox is from Inverness but is based in the United States

Scotland's Russell Knox missed out on winning a place at The Open after coming last in a four-man play-off at an international qualifier in Texas.

The 26-year-old from Inverness followed his opening-day 65 with a 66 but finished tied for sixth, eight strokes behind American rookie Harris English.

Bob Estes birdied the first extra hole, while pars were enough for fellow American James Driscoll and Sweden's Daniel Chopra.

There were eight qualifying places.

England's Greg Owen secured his place for the event at Royal Lytham on 19-22 July by finishing second, four shots behind English after a final-round 61 at the Gleneagles County Club Queens Course at Plano, near Dallas.

Joint third on 10 under were Canadian Stephen Ames, Argentina's Andres Romero, who led with two holes to play at Carnoustie in 2007, and American Justin Hicks.

Winner English, who eight months ago played in the Walker Cup in Aberdeen, had opened with a record round of 60 and followed that with a 63.

Owen, who had an albatross and led for a while the last time The Open was at Lytham in 2001, was delighted to finish 13 under par.

"It was just a good round where everything just kept going the right way," the US-based Mansfield golfer said.

"I haven't had a round like that in years."

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