Russell Knox gets routinely mistaken for Justin Timberlake (says Russell Knox)

So…apparently Scotsman-cum-Floridian Russell Knox is routinely mistaken for none other than JT himself: Justin Timberlake.

Do you believe that? Not as plausible as Louis Oosthuizen being mistaken for Shrek, but vaguely possible. And the former Mickey Mouse Club member is reportedly of English and Scottish descent, so the genetic foundations of similar appearance are there.  

Anyway, Knox broke the news of the rash of mistaken identity situations at his WGC-HSBC Champions press conference.

The Scotsman, who is the defending champ at the Smogshan Sheshan Golf Club this week, told reporters his wife, former tennis pro Andrea Hernandez, didn’t believe he’d been mistaken for the “Cry Me a River” singer.  

“She was like: `No, never. I don’t see it. I don’t think so’, Knox said.

But then!

“And that same day, at the St John’s Town Center, this woman runs up to me screaming.”

Knox added that the excited music fan quickly realised her mistake. “She gets five steps away and was ‘Oh’ and walked away,” he said.”

You can imagine Knox running after her: “Wait! I’m not Justin Timberlake, but I’m still famous…I’m Russell Knox… I’ve won twice on the PGA Tour!…You can have my autograph!”

Timberlake’s affection for our maddening game is well known, and he’s a regular at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.  

We want a Timberlake-Knox pairing at Pebble Beach this year. Indeed, we need it. But if that can’t happen, we’ll settle for the absence of the sweaty, Hawaiian-shirted embarrassment that is Chris Berman.

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