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Non-competing marker Jeff Knox’s WITB: The 2018 Masters

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Wait, who is Jeff Knox? He’s the amateur course record holder at Augusta National GC (11-under 61 with a bogey on No. 17, apparently), and he gets the call to play in the Masters as a marker when there’s an odd number of players in the field on the weekend.

He’s performed this solemn duty since 2003. Most famously, he outplayed Rory McIlroy by a stroke in 2014, with McIlroy calling him “the best I’ve ever seen on Augusta’s greens.”

As a member of Augusta National and thrice the Georgia Mid-Amateur champion, Knox is anything but an “average guy.” Indeed, son of a banking magnate, Knox manages the nonprofit Knox Foundation, which oversees more than $70 million in assets. Even so, seeing him paired with a professional during the Masters telecast and playing well is somehow the fulfillment of every average golfer’s fantasy.

We weren’t surprised so many GolfWRX members were interested in Paul Casey’s high praise for Knox after their Saturday pairing. We can also report Knox unofficially shot 76 Sunday, paired with Vijay Singh. Naturally, we were curious about Mr. Knox’s WITB, and through the persistence of our own Director of Original Content Johnny Wunder, we’re happy to present the WITB for legendary Masters marker.

Here are Knox’s specs, straight from the horse’s mouth…

Driver: Titleist C16 (9.5 degrees)

Fairway Wood: Titleist 917F2 (16.5 degrees)

Hybrids: Titleist 818 (19 and 22 degrees)

Irons: Titleist T-MB (4-9 iron)
Shafts: True Temper AMT S300

Wedges: Titliest Vokey SM7 (51, 55 and 59 degrees)

Putter: Odyssey Black Series

Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

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  1. steve

    May 15, 2018 at 10:17 pm

    Nosy gearheadbaters just love to look into pro’s WITB and make inane twitter blurting comments… 😎

  2. CDS

    Apr 12, 2018 at 8:59 am

    If you’re curious about Knox…
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lO-5zrRlYe0

  3. Mike

    Apr 10, 2018 at 3:30 pm

    Big man. Lol

  4. Elton John

    Apr 10, 2018 at 12:42 pm

    Way to come out on the WRX!

  5. Richard

    Apr 10, 2018 at 3:27 am

    Doesn’t look like he smashed it. Obviously a great striker though. Just goes to show there’s more than one way to get the job done.

  6. Mark

    Apr 9, 2018 at 9:14 pm

    “Non-competing marker”?

    I had always thought a marker, by definition, was a player who was not competing and who had the responsibility of marking a competitor’s card.

    This headline suggests there is such a role as a ‘competing marker’. Is there?

    • ken

      Apr 9, 2018 at 11:14 pm

      A “Marker” is a player that is used to play in a paring where but one professional is in a group/pairing. It is for the purpose of pace.
      Usually the Marker is a club pro or member which has a high level of playing ability.

  7. ogo

    Apr 9, 2018 at 7:05 pm

    He doesn’t “read” the greens …. he “lives” the greens …. and putting is 42% of the game.

    • Birdswing Golfer

      Apr 10, 2018 at 4:44 am

      18 putts a round on the average of 54 makes it only 33.333333333333333% of the game

  8. Smith

    Apr 9, 2018 at 5:50 pm

    Guys, this doesn’t make any sense. Bob Parsons told me that the only reason people don’t have top-to-bottom PXG bags is because they can’t afford them. I would have thought that Knox, as a ANGC member, would have the cash…I just can’t make sense of this.

    • Way

      Apr 9, 2018 at 6:49 pm

      LOL

    • ken

      Apr 9, 2018 at 11:16 pm

      maybe Know just prefers the clubs he has?

    • Jack

      Apr 10, 2018 at 4:25 am

      He doesn’t even use a scotty cameron. Shows how much the rest of us posers know.

    • Gordo

      Apr 10, 2018 at 8:23 am

      Funny! He does have the C16 driver. $1125 MSRP. Yikes. Although I bet Titelist supplies him for free.

    • Mike

      Apr 10, 2018 at 3:34 pm

      Will if parsons says it must be true. I make a killing beating guys with PXG irons. I can afford them but choose to play TM RSI tour irons because the work just fine.

      • Sandridgeplayer

        Apr 17, 2018 at 11:12 am

        I play KE4 Tour + irons, M series wedges, and PTM puter from Golfworks and carry a 3 hndcp. They work great. And I too can afford PXGs, and Scotty’s, just chose to spend my $ elsewhere

    • Tim Armington

      Apr 11, 2018 at 11:41 am

      Hahahhahahahahaaha!!!

    • notbobparsons

      Apr 11, 2018 at 4:19 pm

      I created an account on golfwrx to LOL at this comment. You sir are a gentleman and a scholar

  9. Brett Weir

    Apr 9, 2018 at 4:34 pm

    He’s rich, he’s a really good golfer, and one of the very few amateurs that gets to play Augusta in tournament days with the best players in the world almost every year. I would kill to be in his shoes…

    • Tony Lynam

      Apr 9, 2018 at 9:22 pm

      I think he is one of the best golfers in the world.

    • jgpl001

      Apr 11, 2018 at 10:10 am

      Yes, I feel really sorry for him, tough life

  10. RPL

    Apr 9, 2018 at 4:27 pm

    Missing PW details?

    • Chris

      Apr 9, 2018 at 6:36 pm

      I’m assuming since he has a 22 degree hybrid and a 51 degree wedge these TMBs are probably bent 2 weak for gapping do it’s a 25 4 iron and a 43 9 iron. This would also decrease offset which makes sense for a stud like JK

      • ND Hickman

        Apr 11, 2018 at 2:24 pm

        Mean this in the nicest way possible but maybe he doesn’t care? Clearly he’s good with what he has and doesn’t need to mess about with equipment like some of us do.

      • Tom

        Apr 11, 2018 at 5:49 pm

        43 9 iron to 51 wedge a big gap guess he’s like Hogan knowing he didn’t need a 7 iron round Carnoustie

    • Josh

      Apr 9, 2018 at 8:17 pm

      51 degree vokey. Maybe he has his t-mb’s bent weak? there’s 14 clubs there.

  11. Justin

    Apr 9, 2018 at 2:58 pm

    Can we get some more pictures of his WITB? Lets see some pictures

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Shane Lowry’s winning WITB: 2019 Open Championship

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Driver: Srixon Z 585 (9.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ 70X (45.25″, tipped .75″, D3 swing weight)

3-wood: TaylorMade M4 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD DI-8X

Irons: Srixon Z U85 (2 [18 degrees], 3 [20 degrees bent to 21]), Srixon Z 585 (4 [23 degrees], 5 [26 degrees]), Srixon Z 785 (6-PW)
Shafts: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro White TX Hybrid (2), KBS Tour 130X (3-PW)

Wedges: Cleveland RTX 4 (50 [bent to 51, 35.75″, D5], 58 degrees [35.25″, D7.5)
Shafts: KBS Tour Wedge X

Putter: Odyssey Stroke Lab Exo 2-Ball (Lowry’s putter has an all-black finish, and he switched into it earlier this year at the RBC; 34″)
Grip: SuperStroke Traxion Pistol GT 1.0 (custom shamrock)

Ball: Srixon Z-Star XV Pure White

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet 58R (logo down)

Image c/o Srixon (obviously, Lowry does not have all wedges pictured in play)

Additional Shane Lowry WITB notes, via Johnny Wunder

2019 Open Champion Shane Lowry, compared to Tommy Fleetwood, is on the other side of the spectrum in regards to brand loyalty. He is Cleveland/Srixon in 12 clubs including the ball with the only two exceptions being the TaylorMade M4 3-wood and his Odyssey Putter. In this case, that makes sense, those clubs seem to be a challenge to swap, especially the 3-wood, and Cleveland/Srixon isn’t really known for putters on the PGA Tour.

I got some interesting intel on his driver Switch from the TaylorMade M2 into the Srixon Z585.

According to Rodney McDonald, VP of Tour Operations for Cleveland/Srixon, Shane is a dedicated staff member that is always willing to get all Cleveland/Srixon in the bag.

On Lowry switching into the Z585 Driver McDonald had this to say

“The switch was very easy. Even though he had won early in the year with another driver, he was not driving it good at all. He is very loyal to our team and our products that he came to us to find a new driver. He instantly loved the look of the Z 585 and once we started testing the numbers were exactly what he was looking for. His main comment about the driver is how his misses are minimal and he can hit all the shots he wants to.”

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Tommy Fleetwood’s bag is as awesome as he is (Tommy Fleetwood WITB)

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I’m obsessed with this guy. If there was a movie about his life, Aaron Taylor Johnson would play him…can we make that happen?

His bag has taken over for my past obsession with Charles Howell III, David Toms, and Rocco Mediate. I’m drawn to players that tweak a bit, it keeps it fun for me on Getty Images at 3 a.m.

Much like a Bernhard Langer, there is no telling what OEM sticks will land in Fleetwood’s bag. It’s awesome and a sign of the non-contract “eat what you kill” mentality shared by some of the biggest names out there (BK and Patrick Reed to name a couple).

Tommy has messed around quite a bit in the past two years with his bag and the fun part is, he’s not afraid to shake it up.

Here is a partial list of clubs that were previously in the bag since ’17 leading up to his current setup

  • TaylorMade M3 driver (Mitsubishi Kuro Kage 70X shaft)
  • Titleist 917 D2 driver (@ 8.5 degrees) (Mitsubishi Kuro Kage 70X shaft)
  • Nike Vapor Fly 3-wood (13 degrees) (UST Mamiya VTS ProForce Red 7X shaft)
  • Nike Vapor Fly 5-wood (Mitsubishi Diamana Blue 80TX shaft)
  • Titleist 917 3-wood (14 degrees) (UST Mamiya VTS ProForce Red 7X shaft)
  • Titleist TS3 3-wood (12.75 degrees) (UST Mamiya ProForce Black 7X shaft)
  • Nike VR Pro Blades
  • Callaway MD4 wedges
  • Ping G410 3-wood (14 degrees) (UST Mamiya ProForce Black 7X shaft)
  • Ping G410 7-wood (18 degrees) (Mitsubishi Diamana BF 80T shaft)
  • Odyssey 2-Ball (plumbers neck)

His grips are also a fun one, he goes Blue Golf Pride TVC in his woods, Iomic Sticky in his irons, and black Golf Pride TVC in his wedges. God, I love this guy!

Tommy Fleetwood WITB @The Open

Driver: TaylorMade M6 (9 degrees @7.5)
*has lofted up a bit, his driver has been down to 6.5 I’ve heard.
Shaft: Mitsubishi DF 70X (45 inches)

3-wood: TaylorMade M6 (15 degrees @14)
Shaft: Mitsubishi DF 70X (42.5 inches)
*was in a Ping G410 until the Scottish Open where he switched into the M6.

Irons: TaylorMade GAPR Lo (@18.75), Srixon Z785 (4-iron, 23 degrees), TaylorMade P7TW (5-9)
Shafts: GAPR: Project X 6.5 (39.5 inches), 4-iron: Project X 6.5 (38.5 inches), 5-9: Project X 6.5 (38 inches @ 5-iron, minus 1/2 inch from there) (26, 30, 34, 38, 42 degrees)

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 (47, 52, 55, 60 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Wedge notes: 48.10F (bent to 47) Tour chrome finish
52.08F raw
56.10 (bent 55) raw
60.08 raw

Putter: Odyssey White Hot Pro #3
Grip: Super Stroke Mid Slim 2.0


Quick thought: I do see a specific trend when it comes to free agents, and it’s mildly telling. Keep in mind I understand that it’s not 100 percent, but the trends are there.

In woods and wedges specifically, TaylorMade seems to be a popular choice in the overall woods category for non-signed players and Vokey is hands down the wedge of choice. Makes sense in my opinion, I’m not a big “best company” guy, but I do understand the choice. Both companies make and have made extremely high-performing sticks for many years. Consistency in anything is a hard opponent to beat. When Nike bounced out of clubs Rory, BK, Casey, and a few others put Vokeys straight in, and a BK and Casey put TM woods in the bag. (Just an example for context)

Anyway, Tommy Fleetwood is four back going into the final round. I have a weird feeling if it blows he could be holding a trophy.

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Dylan Frittelli’s winning WITB: 2019 John Deere Classic

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Driver: Callaway Epic Flash Sub Zero (10.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro White 70TX

3-wood: Callaway Epic Flash Sub Zero (15 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana RF 70TX

5-wood: Callaway Rogue Sub Zero (18 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro White 80TX

Irons: Callaway X-Forged UT (3-iron), Callaway X-Forged ’18 (5-PW)
Shafts: KBS Prototype (3), Nippon Modus 3 105 (5-PW)

Wedges: Callaway Mack Daddy 4 (52 degrees), Titleist Vokey Design SM7 (56, 60 degrees)
Shafts: Nippon Modus 3 105 X

Putter: Odyssey EXO Stroke Lab 2-Ball

Ball: Callaway Chrome Soft X Triple Track

Grips: Golf Pride Z Grip

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