Breakthrough winner Knox eyes Ryder Cup


Russell Knox has set his sights on making the European Ryder Cup team after claiming his first PGA Tour title last week.

Knox held off a star-studded field to win the WGC-HSBC Champions by two strokes in Shanghai.

The 30-year-old Scotsman had only ever previously won on the Nationwide Tour four years ago.

With a maiden trophy under his belt, Knox is now eyeing a spot at next year's Ryder Cup in Minnesota as he prepares for the OHL Classic at Mayakoba, starting Thursday.

"It's going to be a goal of mine to make the European Ryder Cup team and this obviously springboards me to a higher place," Knox said.

"I have no idea where I stand for making the team or what I need to do. But I look forward to finding out and giving it a run, that's for sure."

Knox is not the only first-up winner in the field in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

American Peter Malnati secured his first PGA crown with a one-stroke victory at the Sanderson Farms Championship on Monday.

Malnati, 28, surged late in the final round, carding a five-under-par 67.

Overnight leader Roberto Castro, who will also play at the Mexican tournament, watched helplessly after a third-round 75.

Defending champion Charley Hoffman returns to defend his title at the El Camaleon Golf Club.

Hoffman pipped fellow American Shawn Stefani by one shot 12 months ago.

Also descending on eastern Mexico is 2010 U.S. Open winner Graeme McDowell, along with Jason Dufner, Keegan Bradley and Angel Cabrera among others.