Scotland’s Knox wins WGC title

Russell Knox became the first Scotsman ever to win a World Golf Championships event when he held off a world-class field for a two-stroke victory in Shanghai on Sunday.

Russell Knox is 85th in the world Golf rankings.   -  Getty Images

Russell Knox became the first Scotsman ever to win a World Golf Championships event when he held off a world-class field for a two-stroke victory in Shanghai on Sunday.

His final round four-under par 68 at the $8.5 million WGC-HSBC Champions gave him a total of 268, 20-under par. Kevin Kisner of the US was second on 270 with English pair Danny Willett, who shot a final round 62, and Ross Fisher tied for third a further stroke behind.

Knox's decision to go it alone and not complete his third round of the WGC-HSBC Champions earlier, was vindicated when he birdied the 18th hole early Sunday to take a share of the lead.

The previous evening he had walked off the tee after dusk without hitting a shot after officials had deemed it too dark to play after two weather delays at Sheshan International Golf Club. Playing partners Kisner and Branden Grace opted to finish out.

The 30-year-old world number 85 from Inverness had a previous best finish of third on the US PGA Tour.