How is Russell Knox staying sharp? Playing anywhere he can — even with kiddos.

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Garry Smits, Florida Times-Union
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Russell Knox had a busy playing schedule this week.

The two-time PGA Tour winner is on a break along with the rest of the Tour but that didn’t mean he wasn’t competing. Knox participated in the North Florida Junior Foundation’s Par-3 Championship last Saturday at the Palm Valley Golf Club; then competed with Luis Rivera, Anthony Rivera and Lee Knox in the Henry Tuten Gator Bowl Pro-Am, at the Sea Island Club, on Monday and Tuesday.

But it was two very different levels of competition.

Knox played in a group with five junior members of the NFJG on the second day of the tournament (Anthony Rivera, his nephew, Nicholas Farraye, Alyzabeth Morgan, Alexander Lymus and Brady Dougan), their reward for competing earlier this month in either one of two parent-child tournaments the organization sponsored at Amelia National and Mission Inn.

Knox not only went shot-for-shot with his group, but he carried his own bag and shot 4-under 50 for two loops on the par-27, nine-hole course. Morgan shot 54, Rivera, Farraye and Lymus 55 and Dougan 62.

Two-time PGA Tour winner Russell Knox (second from left) played in the North Florida Junior Foundation Par-3 Championship last week at Palm Valley. Also in his group, from the left, are Nicholas Farraye, Alyzabeth Morgan, Anthony Rivera, Alexander Lymus and Brady Dougan.

Knox has been an ambassador for the NFJG Foundation since 2018.

“It’s a fun little course to play and when you take distance out of it and everyone is hitting from 100 yards, it’s really competitive so it’s a blast to get to play with the kids,” said Knox. “It’s so rewarding and enjoyable to get to spend time with the kids. Just a few years ago that was me. I would have loved if a Tour player would have come and spoke and got to play with me.”

Knox and his amateur tied for fifth in the Gator Bowl Pro-Am at 16-under-par 126.

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