Masters 2018: Jeff Knox is the mysterious ‘marker’ who beats Rory McIlroy and holds Augusta course record

HEARD the one about the novice who has twice crushed Rory McIlroy and holds the Augusta membership record with an eye fixed-popping eleven-beneath sixty one?

In all probability not – since you gained't ever see his identify.

 Amateur Jeff Knox has twice beaten four-time Major champion Rory McIlroy

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Newbie Jeff Knox has twice crushed 4-time Main champion Rory McIlroy

Jeff Knox lives the dream of each hacker in the world.

He is Augusta's official "marker", which means he makes up the numbers when the area is one brief after the 36-gap reduce.

Paired with McIlroy in the remaining spherical of the 2014 Masters, he shot 70 to the Northern Irishman's seventy one.

In 2006 he beat Sergio Garcia, with this yr's defending champ reportedly refusing to shake his hand afterwards.

 Rory McIlroy has sought Jeff Knox's advice on the treacherous Augusta greens

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Rory McIlroy has sought Jeff Knox's recommendation on the treacherous Augusta greens
 The amateur is a club champion at Augusta and holds the course record 61

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The novice is a membership champion at Augusta and holds the course record sixty one

But Knox's caddie doesn’t put on his identify on his white overalls.

He doesn’t get introduced on the first tee like all the different gamers in the subject and his rating is nowhere to be seen.

However nonetheless the fifty four-yr-previous is a supply of limitless information for the likes of 4-time winner Tiger Woods, McIlroy and former world No 1 Jason Day.

McIlroy stated Knox, who is a director of a basis by day and made his identify in enterprise, reads the greens higher than anybody he has ever seen.

 Former world No 1 Jason Day admitted he was nervous before playing with Jeff Knox

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Former world No 1 Jason Day admitted he was nervous earlier than enjoying with Jeff Knox
 The marker maintains a low profile but his game is well known

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The marker maintains a low profile however his recreation is well-known

The 4-time Main champ teamed up with Knox earlier this yr on an Augusta scouting mission – solely to lose as soon as once more.

McIlroy stated: "I gave him eight photographs. I misplaced that one on the first tee."

Woods, one among the favourites this week, received in contact with the plus-one handicapper in 2015 although particulars of their spherical weren’t made public.

Day even admitted he was "nervous" earlier than taking over the membership champion in final yr's third spherical.

Knox's secrecy solely provides to his intrigue and cult legend standing.

He refuses to provide interviews, has no sponsors on his stand bag and wears a non-descript Augusta cap when on the course.

That's simply how the males in the inexperienced jackets need it.

 Jeff Knox never gives interviews and his caddies overalls do not feature his name

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Jeff Knox by no means provides interviews and his caddies overalls don’t function his identify

It is no coincidence Knox – who lives 4 minutes from the course – has been chosen as the novice to characterize the membership the one week of the yr it is centre of the golfing universe.

He received the job in 2003 and is thought to have crushed about half of his enjoying companions in that point.

Although regardless of retaining rating for a few of the largest names in the recreation, Knox has his personal loyal supporters solely fascinated with how he performs.

Lee Knox, Jeff's 27-yr-previous son, stated it is "superior" household and pals get to comply with him spherical on the weekend of the season's first Main.

Knox can't win any cash for his exploits – although he does have a wager on the aspect.

Besides, does it matter when his is an expertise cash can't purchase?

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