AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — This is when membership really does have its privileges.
Jeff Knox, one of the best amateur golfers who happens to be a member at Augusta National, was selected to serve as a non-competing marker at the Masters if there is an odd-number of players who make the cut. There were 51 players who advanced to Saturday. The first one out was none other than Rory McIlroy.
Knox spent Saturday morning playing alongside the two-time major champion.
Markers are required under Rule 6-6. Most times on the PGA Tour, and at the other majors, the marker simply keeps the score. In some cases, the marker plays. That’s not an option at the Masters. It’s club policy for a single to play with a non-competing marker – Knox, in this case.
The markers don’t have to keep their own score because they’re not part of the tournament. One took his role a bit too seriously, however. Fred Couples once told a story of having a non-competing marker call for a ruling because his shot on the fifth hole went long and under some magnolia trees.
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