Pairing with Tiger Woods is dream come true

Scottish golfer Russell Knox said playing with Tiger Woods at Carnoustie will be “a dream come true”.

Knox, from Inverness, has been paired alongside 14-time majors winner Woods and Japanese star Hideki Matsuyama for the 147th Open, which starts on Thursday.

The 33-year-old has enjoyed a stellar month to date, having won the Irish Open in dramatic fashion at the start of July.

Fresh off the back of his recent success, Knox said being pitted alongside Woods is the icing on the cake.

He said: “I’m shocked to be honest.

“I’ve never had the chance to play with Tiger so it’s going to be a dream come true to play with him at the Open Championship in Scotland.

“It’s going to be a pinch yourself moment, for sure.”

He added: “I’m not feeling any extra pressure, I put enough on myself to do well.

“When I saw the draw with Tiger and Matsuyama, the way the last month or so has been for me has obviously been amazing so to finish it off playing with Tiger is just epic.”

After a great period of success between 2014 and 2016, Knox has timed his return to form almost to perfection as he prepares to carry Scottish hopes on his shoulders in Angus.

The Irish Open champion said he rediscovered confidence in his swing by going back to basics.

Knox continued: “I stopped changing and just let my swing come back.

“It just slowly comes back, once my confidence got back I was able to snowball that.

“I’m glad my form has come back and hopefully it can continue for a long time.”

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