Sorry Russell Knox

Earlier today, Darren Clarke made his wildcard selections for the 2016 Ryder Cup. Russell Knox was not one of the three players. Instead, Clarke elected to go with experience in Martin Kaymer and Lee Westwood, and the hot hand in Thomas Pieters. I fully understand those three picks. In fact, given the same circumstances, I probably would have chose the same three golfers. However, Knox was done in by the system. Both Ryder Cup teams wrongly do not include swing season events. During the swing season Knox played tremendously earning a win in a WGC events (!!!). If that win would have counted, he would have coasted into an automatic qualifying spot. Knox has followed up that win with great play throughout the entire season including another win at the Travelers Championship. Knox is in the top 10 of the Fedex Cup Standings (on the MUCH harder PGA Tour), and is currently ranked 20th in the OWGR. Knox has had legitimately one of the best golfers in the entire world this year. I understand that Europe wants to protect their native tour, and encourage golfers to play it, but the anti-PGA Tour bias is absurd. Objectively, the quality of golf on the PGA Tour is incredibly better than the European Tour, and players should be justly rewarded for their success stateside. I am gutted for Knox as he showed a lot of passion for the event, but things happen. Darren Clarke should not be blamed, Russell Knox should not be blamed, but the people that set up the Ryder Cup should. Free Russell Knox.

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