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Knox feels like gold with spot in Open, pairing with Tiger

Getting into the British Open was a reward in itself for Russell Knox. And then it got better.

The text messages kept his phone buzzing — from his wife, his nephew, his brother-in-law — as he drove back to his hotel. He looked over at the screen and kept seeing the same message.

" Tiger?"

"I was driving, so I just glanced at it," Knox said. "I got to where I was going, and my heart was pounding."

Knox, the highest-ranked player from Scotland, qualified for Carnoustie only when he started his three-week stint in Europe with a runner-up finish in the French Open. Then, he won the Irish Open by making a 40-foot birdie putt on the...