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Sounds like non-competing marker Jeff Knox dominated Augusta National again

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“Even Tiger said to me on the putting green, he goes, seriously dude. He’s played the last eight weekends at the Masters. He’s got to be a regular.”

That’s a quote from Paul Casey, speaking with the media after his third-round 69. Casey was referencing a conversation with Tiger Woods about, you guessed it, legendary marker Jeff Knox.

Knox is a near-mythic figure. No Laying Up has done the heavy lifting over the past few years to bring the non-competing marker the attention he deserves. The Augusta National member is purported to be the amateur course record holder with a 61.

Knox is ANGC’s ringer, and whenever an odd number of players make the Masters cut, he’s paired with the odd man. Paul Casey was that lucky man Saturday morning.

Needless to say, the Englishman was impressed. “He knocked it down the first fairway, rolled it up, just misses birdie. Second, just skirted birdie. 3, hardly missed that one. 4, hit it close inside of me. Three and four, it was great stuff.”

While Knox didn’t card a score–he picked up a number of gimme putts to keep play moving along–Casey said Knox played well, “better…than a lot of the pros will play today,” according to Casey.

Of course, anytime Knox makes a Masters appearance, it creates a minor social media frenzy, and there were plenty of tweets like this one flying through the ether.

Speaking of Twitter, there’s even a (glorious) fake Jeff Knox Twitter account.

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  1. stephenf

    Apr 18, 2018 at 3:00 pm

    Let’s try that “amateur course record” thing again, writer. If Knox actually shot 61, then unless we have a pro who claims to have shot better than 61 — 63 is the Masters record, but we’re talking about 61 or better in _any_ round — Knox holds _the_ record. Period.

    What is almost universally referred to as the “course record” at Augusta is actually the record during official Masters rounds.

    • Joe

      Apr 20, 2018 at 11:59 am

      The 61 was evidently from the Member Tees, not the Tournament Tees.

  2. TeeBone

    Apr 9, 2018 at 2:54 pm

    If the guy could just win the Mid-Amateur, he could play in The Masters for real.

  3. Donn Rutkoff

    Apr 9, 2018 at 2:30 pm

    I wonder if other pro tournaments still do that. The LPGA Kia Classic did not. A “rabbit” opened the play Sat & Sun playing solo. Too bad, lots of amateur event supporters should get the opportunity.

  4. Tony Lynam

    Apr 9, 2018 at 11:55 am

    A tradition unlike any other!

  5. Matt

    Apr 9, 2018 at 11:19 am

    How about whats in the bag Jeff Knox edition?

  6. Garry

    Apr 8, 2018 at 7:11 pm

    How about some golf lessons from Jeff Knox in your column

  7. Birdswing Golfer

    Apr 8, 2018 at 11:00 am

    Reckon he should be hand an Invite!

    it is an Invitational

  8. Andrew

    Apr 7, 2018 at 9:43 pm

    These are the stories that belong here. Fewer, with more quality. Please retire the Paige Spiranac stuff to TMZ or SJW Today.

  9. Ian Woosnam

    Apr 7, 2018 at 7:16 pm

    So cool!

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Good? Bad? Hilarious? GolfWRX members discuss hypothetical two-man teams

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In its second year, the Zurich Classic’s team format is a new and curious beast amidst the medal play that dominates the PGA Tour. The two-man team format got GolfWRX member AceCatKY thinking.

He writes

“What would be some of the best/worst/funniest pairings of two PGA golfers for a two-man event? Current and past golfers can be paired together so you could have Old Tom Morris and Patrick Reed if you wanted…I think DJ/DeChambeau would be hilarious for the dichotomy it would present…What do you guys/gals think?”

Oh boy, what a superb hypothetical; imagine the possibilities: good, bad, and ugly! Naturally, GolfWRXers were quick to weigh in.

Bye writes

Sergio and Tiger would be interesting.

Seve and Phil could have been the most entertaining pairing in history.

jonsnow says

Bubba Watson & Steve Elkington

Patrick Reed & Rory McIlroy

Danny Willett & Smylie Kaufman

Cardoustie says

Lumpy and Jesper

Tom Watson and Gary Player

Seve and Azinger

Robert Rock and Ollie Schneiderjans

Frankensteins Monster says

Ian Poulter/Patrick Reed

Todd Hamilton/Danny Willett

Tony Finau/Colt Knost

Robert Rock/Ben Crane

Michelle Wie/Tad Fujikawa

Check out the rest of the replies in the thread, or let us know your hypothetical two-person squads below. 

 

 

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From Master P to Metallica: Check out team walk-up songs for the Zurich Classic

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It’s the list you’ve been dying for since you heard the Zurich Classic of New Orleans would feature golfer walk-up music.

OK, you’re at least mildly interested in what, say, Jon Curran and Keegan Bradley will be walking out to (the answer: “Shipping Up To Boston,” by the Dropkick Murphys, appropriate for a pair of sons of New England).

Here’s the official list, per the PGA Tour (not every team is included). As you can see, it’s a mix of classics, local references, hip-hop, and a surprising dose of metal.

Team                                         Song                                      Artist                                       
William McGirt/Sam Burns Callin’ Baton Rouge Garth Brooks
Kevin Na/Byeong Hun An Make ’em say Uhh Master P
Chris Kirk/J.T. Poston Crazy Train Ozzy Osbourne
Chez Reavie/Lucas Glover For Whom the Bell Tolls Metallica
Martin Piller/Joel Dahmen Lovumba Daddy Yankee
K.J. Choi/Charlie Wi Gangnam Style PSY
Ryan Armour/Johnson Wagner Enter Sandman Metallica
C.T. Pan/Zac Blair Half Time Ying Yang Twins
Tyrone Van Aswegen/Retief Goosen Africa Toto
Tom Hoge/J.J. Henry Right Now Van Halen
Shawn Stefani/John Rollins Thunderstruck AC/DC
Tony Finau/Daniel Summerhays Doo Wa Ditty (Blow That Thing) Zapp & Roger
Keith Mitchell/Stephan Jaeger Pizza Guy Touch Sensitive
Ben Silverman/Matt Atkins Enter Sandman Metallica
Zach Johnson/Jonathan Byrd Thunderstruck AC/DC
Patrick Reed/Patrick Cantlay Eye of the Tiger Survivor
Greg Chalmers/Cameron Percy Down Under Men at Work
Keegan Bradley/Jon Curran Shipping up to Boston Dropkick Murphys
Brendan Steele/Jamie Lovemark California Love Tupac
Charley Hoffman/Nick Watney California Love Tupac
Billy Horschel/Scott Piercy Young Forever Jay Z ft. Mrs. Hudson
Cody Gribble/John Peterson Careless Whisper George Michael
Steve Stricker/Jerry Kelly As Good As I Once Was Toby Keith
Chris Stroud/Brian Stuard Enter Sandman Metallica
Sergio Garcia/Rafa Cabrera Bello The Best Tina Turner
Kevin Tway/Kelly Kraft Gucci Gang Lil Pump
D.A. Points/Kyle Thompson Working for the Weekend Loverboy
Mac Hughes/Corey Conners Big League Tom Cochrane & Red Rider
Justin Thomas/Bud Cauley Circle of Life Carmen Twillie
Shane Lowry/Padraig Harrington Beautiful Day U2
Russell Knox/Martin Laird Flower of Scotland
Gary Woodland/Daniel Berger Forever Drake
Brandon Harkins/Lanto Griffin Started From the Bottom Drake
Kevin Kisner/Scott Brown Slippery Migos
Andrew Landry/Talor Gooch Big Poppa Notorious BIG
Jason Day/Ryan Ruffels Down Under Men at Work
Justin Rose/Henrik Stenson Gold Spandau Ballet
Matt Every/Sam Saunders Running With the Devil Van Halen
Jon Rahm/Wesley Bryan DNA Kendrick Lamar
Emiliano Grillo/Peter Uihlein Mi Gente (Remix) J Balvin, Willy William, Busta K.
Jamie Donaldson/Ross Fisher Sweet Disposition The Temper Trap
Harold Varner III/Robert Garrigus Ebony and Ivory Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder
Alex Cejka/Ben Crane Here I Go Again Whitesnake
Abraham Ancer/Roberto Diaz Mexico Lindo y Querido Vicente Fernandez
Xinjun Zhang/Zecheng Dou Believe in Myself Zero Point Band

See what GolfWRX members think about the song selections in the forums.

 

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Tiger Woods gave 18-year-old Nepalese sensation Pratima Sherpa a private lesson

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As you may have heard, 18-year-old Pratima Sherpa aspires to be the first Nepalese professional golfer. The story of her attempt to rise from almost unimaginable poverty to the professional ranks is the subject of ESPN’s short film “A Mountain to Climb.”

Visiting the United States for the premier of the film, Sherpa got a 30-minute private lesson with a 14-time major champion, as none other than Tiger Woods invited to the Medalist Club for a meeting, per ESPN.

Woods tweeted these shots of the meeting and the lesson. Regardless of whether you are/were a hardcore Tiger fanatic, it’s nice to see him settling into his “ambassador for the game” role.

Sherpa’s incredible story, as mentioned, is detailed in the ESPN short “A Mountain to Climb,” which you can (and should) watch below.

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