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Russell Knox's girlfriend Andrea Hernandez used to play on the Women's Tennis Association in the 1990's and her experiences there have been very helpful for Russell. While attending Jacksonville University, Russell Knox worked at Marsh Landing, where he met girlfriend Andrea Hernandez, whom he describes as his "everything". With Andrea's help and advice, Russell has learned not to get too low on himself (or too high) throughout the course of a long season.
Andrea was a lot younger then me when she was traveling all over the world and doing the tennis thing and she went through a lot. She's the perfect one to talk to after I miss a cut. Her response is usually 'big deal, it's just one tournament.'
In 2011, Russell Knox was given the opportunity to play in his first PGA Tour event, the Transitions Championship. The problem was, he need to complete in the event Playoff, but he had already left (assuming his one under score wouldn't be enough to compete) and was three hours away. With girlfriend Andrea's advice in mind, Russell began putting himself out of his comfort zone more, eventually earning a spot on the tour.
There are even some inklings of evidence on the Internet that suggest that Russell Knox and Andrea Hernandez were married at some point recently, though we were unable to verify the wife rumors.
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Jason Allred's wife Kimberly Allred was mere weeks away from giving birth to the couple's third child when he decided to enter the field at Riviera Country Club for the Northern Trust Open. Without a PGA Tour Card, Jason needed to qualify for one of four spots that 117 people were vying for - and he did.
After qualifying, Jason had a decision to make. With his wife more than eight months pregnant, should he play or not? He made the decision to play but that if his wife were to go into labor, he would leave immediately to be with his wife. While Jason Allred still doesn't have his PGA Tour card, after shooting a 64 on Friday - we're guessing that he's not far off.
Jason is originally from Ashland, Oregon while Kim (maiden name Kimberly Michelle Leonard) is from Seattle, Washington. The pair was married in Malibu, Caliornia and now live in Scottsdale, Arizona with their two children, daughter Annie Clair and son Zane Micah. The pair is active with charities, including Compassion International, Young Life and College Golf Fellowship.
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Watching a golfer finish a tournament and promptly make out with their caddie is far from a typical sight on the pro tour. This Sunday however, at the Thailand Golf Championship, Sergio Garcia did just that as he pulled his caddie and girlfriend Katharina Boehm in for a smooch after winning his first tournament in a year.
Hiring Katharina as his caddie this weekend may appear to be a cheap publicity stunt; and let's face it with the way Sergio has performed this year some positive press would be a nice change of pace. But it turns out that Ms. Boehm is more than qualified for the job and she was Sergio's only caddie this year to lead him to victory.
So what are Katharina's golf credentials? Well she grew up in Munich Germany and was an integral member of the German National Junior team. In 2006 she was the Bavarian Junior Girls Champion and she claims a top 10 finish at the German International Amateur Championships, as well as a 24th at the European Ladies Championship. Collegiately she competed in the US for Charleston where she had several top ten finishes for the Cougars.
While it is unclear exactly how this couple got together, Katharina seems to ground Sergio both on and off the golf course. After his win this weekend he gushed to PGA reporters:
No, seriously, it's great to have her around, forget about having her on the bag this week. Just a very positive person, a lot of good energy, that's what I love about her, and it's great to be able to go through this with her. I think the experience, not only for me but for her, I'm sure is interesting and a lot of memories.
With such a successful weekend, we are left wondering if these two will work together again? We will just have to wait and see if Katharina decides to caddie as a full time gig, but either way it looks like these two make a great team!