Russell Knox’s bounced back superbly following a horror first round with five birdies in a fourunder-par 66 to move inside the clubhouse top-10 at one-under par.
After hitting just six greens in regulation on day one, Knox doubled that figure, making three birdies in four holes from the 11th.
“After being more in the fairway today, my iron-play was really dialled-in as I hit a lot of sloppy 8- and 9-iron shots so [I’m] a lot happier walking off today and [I’m] very pleased,” he said. “After that poor first round and I was really just hoping to get a little bit of momentum going. I’ve put myself back in the mix and that’s super.
Jason Day, the world No.1, withdrew last night on the eighth hole after sustaining a back injury. been re-branded the Easy Ryder Cup due to the US dominance, the tide has turned and Europe head into next week’s skirmish aiming for an unprecedented four wins in a row. Since 1995, the Europeans have won eight of the last 10 meetings between the sides and Montgomerie has savoured this period of prosperity. The USA ain’t good losers, so asking a man who has often been dubbed ‘Mr Ryder Cup’ whether he would like to see an American win to maintain the competitive nature of the matches is akin to high treason. Montgomerie accepts the point, though.
“To lose the Ryder Cup seven or eight times is something that is very, very one-sided and for the next one in France, we are bound to be the favourites again on home soil,” he added. “This is a very important Ryder Cup for America. There is a lot of pressure on America to try to win this.
“Would it be good for the Ryder Cup if America win? As a lover of the Ryder Cup, then possibly. As a lover of European golf, though, I can’t possibly say that because I would like us to win it all the time but it has got to be a contest and they know that as well.
“They are embarrassed at the way they have performed over the last 12 years really so they want it back badly. If you are sitting directly on the fence as a neutral your answer would be ‘yes, let’s have an American win’ but you are talking to the wrong guy as far as wanting that is concerned. But competition makes the world go round.”
In just six days, this particular competition will be at the centre of the golfing world.