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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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Nicklaus: Tiger’s swing is better now than ever

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Jack Nicklaus is teeing it with his grandson, G.T., at the PNC Father/Son Challenge. As has been the case since, well, at least 1997, the Golden Bear was asked about the man closest to his record of 18 major championships.

Beyond weighing in on Woods’ win at the Tour Championship or whether he thinks Tiger has a shot at 18 majors, Nicklaus offered his perspective on Woods post-spinal fusion swing, and he likes what he sees…a lot.

“I think his swing is much better now than it ever was. The reason for that is Tiger was very much up and down with his head and I think that put a lot of pressure on his back.

“The fusion that he had, obviously was something he didn’t want but it was something he needed. … I didn’t think he would ever play golf as well as he’s playing.

“I never dreamed that he would play quite as well as he has and that the operation actually leveled out his head and leveled out his swing.”

High praise, indeed! What do you think about the 18-time major winner’s remarks, GolfWRX members?

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Looks like Little John Daly is a “Long John” as well

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John Daly’s 15-year-old son is again the talk of the PNC Father/Son Challenge. JD and LJD first teed it up in the event together in 2016, and Long John the Younger, with Loudmouth Golf attire that matches his father’s, has been a minor sensation ever since.

Oh, and he can absolutely rip it. Check out Skratch TV’s video from the range at the Ritz Carlton Golf Club in Orlando.

“Thank God I’ve got him on my team this week,” you can hear Daly the Elder say after his son’s missile.

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Proud papa.

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And if you doubt the kid has game and think this is mere puffery, consider he won the IJGA Invitational at Harbour Town last year, triumphing in a five-man playoff.

Or, you can check out this video of Daly talking about his son’s golfing prowess. (However, if you’re offended by a liberal use of the f-word, you may not want to do so)

The pair tee off with Retief and Leo Goosen at 9:36 a.m. tomorrow in the two-day, 36-hole competition. Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera, Jr. won the tournament last year.

 

 

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Adam “Pacman” Jones talks handicap, lowest score, shows off new clubs

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The trick-shot artist, golfing dynamo, and general internet phenomenon that is Matty sat down for a quick nine questions with veteran NFL cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones, who plays to a 14 handicap.

Check out their conversation below.

Matty also took a peek at the fresh set of clubs in Jones’ bag. It looks like Matty, who is affiliated with Bridgestone Golf, has made sure the veteran cornerback has the company’s latest wares, including custom Tour B X-CB irons and custom KBS Tour shafts.

Hopefully, Matty will follow up with an Adam Jones WOTW (What’s on the Wrist). Holy Rolly, Pacman!

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