Russell Knox thoroughly enjoyed his first professional tournament in his homeland and can’t wait to return for next year’s Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open at Gullane.
The Inverness golfer may be left to wonder what could have been had he not dropped eight shots over the closing six holes of his second round when he had briefly led the tournament on eight under par.
A closing score of 70 meant the 29-year-old finished the tournament on three-under 281, although he felt he should have finished much higher up the leaderboard.
He said: “This was the day you could have ripped the course apart. There was no wind and it was as easy as this course will play. I just made too many mistakes but you can’t complain too much when you shoot one under.
“Overall, I had an excellent time and loved every minute of playing in the Scottish Open.
“I should have done better and I played better than I scored. I made way too many stupid mistakes. I am sure I won’t be the only player who came off the course today feeling that way. But it was a great experience to play in my first Scottish Open and one I will never forget.”
After having had to wait so long to compete in Scotland, Knox hopes his next trip back home won’t be too long in coming.
He added: “Hopefully, I can keep playing in this tournament forever. It will be tough to get back across this year but hopefully I will manage it.
“The supporters and galleries at Royal Aberdeen were great all week. I felt a lot of support and I wish I could have done a little bit better for them. Hopefully, that will be the case next time.”