Late collapse stains Knox’s Masters bow

Russell Knox

Russell Knox turned professional in 2007 and is now based in Florida

Russell Knox dropped four shots in the final two holes of his Masters debut to card a seven-over par 79.

The 30-year-old from Inverness was one over at the turn, but a five at the par-three 12th and a triple-bogey on the 18th blighted his first round.

The veteran Sandy Lyle, whose advice on Augusta Knox had sought prior to his first round, shot a four-over par 76.

Three over after eight holes, the 58-year-old 1988 Masters winner knocked in nine pars before a bogey at the last.

The winner of six PGA Tour titles is 10 shots behind the clubhouse leader, reigning champion Jordan Spieth.

Florida-based Knox also dropped shots at the par four 5th, 11th and 17th holes, but did register a birdie at the 510-yard par-five 13th.

He will tee off for his second round on Friday with New Zealand’s Danny Lee and America’s Smylie Kaufman at 14:26 BST.

Lyle, Austria’s Bernd Wiesberger and the American Vaughn Taylor begin their second round at 16:49 BST.

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