Duncan Stewart: The unknown Scot aiming to win golf's World Cup

Duncan Stewart and Russell Knox started playing golf together in their early teenage years
World Cup of Golf
Venue: Kingston Heath Golf Club, Melbourne Dates: 24-27 November

There was quite a choice for Russell Knox, you’d have thought. Richie Ramsay or Martin Laird would surely have been worth consideration. How about Marc Warren? Or maybe Stephen Gallacher…

Instead, Florida-based Knox chose someone he knew well to join him in the two-man Scotland team at the lucrative World Cup of Golf in Melbourne next month.

Knox, as Scotland’s highest-ranked player, sitting at 19th in the world, had the privilege of choosing his playing partner.

In selecting Duncan Stewart, 309th in the rankings, he will have beside him on the Kingston Heath course not just someone who knows his game, but a friend from their days in the Highlands.

“We got together at the age of 13 or 14,” Stewart, now 32, told BBC Radio Scotland’s Sportsound.

“We played junior opens and played for the district together and from there we blossomed into good friends and hopefully good team-mates in November.”

Scotland’s old pals’ act

Knox told the PGA Tour website