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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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Justin Rose WITB (Honma)

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Our Johnny Wunder was on site for a Honma launch event in California, and he filed these photos of new Honma staffer Justin Rose’s weaponry in addition to grabbing the World No. 1’s WITB details.

Driver: Honma TW 747 460 9.5
Shaft: Honma Vizard FD-7X 45.25 @D3

3-wood: TaylorMade M4 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Orange 80TX

5-wood: TaylorMade M3 (19 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Orange 80TX

Irons: TW747V (4,5), TW747 Rose Proto (5-10)
Shafts: KBS Tour C-Taper 125 S+

Wedges: Honma Custom Grind RAW (52, 56 degrees), Titleist Vokey Wedge Works (60, K-Grind)
Shafts: KBS Hi-Rev 2.0 135XS

Putter: Axis 1 Proto

Ball: TaylorMade TP5

More discussion of all things J-Rose and Honma in this forum thread. 

And more shots of Rose’s bag, including his prototype putter, in this thread. 

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Winner’s clubs: Matt Kuchar WITB, 2019 Sony Open

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Driver: Bridgestone Tour B JGR (9.5 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Atmos Tour Spec 6S

3-wood: Titleist TS2 (13.5 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Speeder Evolution 757 X

Hybrids: Bridgestone Tour B XD-H (18 degrees), Ping Anser (20)
Shafts: Fujikura Motore Speeder TS 8.8 X flex

Irons: Bridgestone J15CB (5-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold 105 S300 (soft stepped)

Wedges: Bridgestone J40 Forged (52 bent to 51 degrees); Cleveland RTX-4 (58 bent to 57 degrees), Cleveland RTX-3 (62 bent to 63 degrees)
Shafts: Aerotech Steelfiber i110X, KBS Tour 120 S, KBS Tour 120 S

Putter: Bettinardi DASS KM-1 Arm Lock (soft carbon steel, 400 grams, 2.5 degrees loft)
Grip: Lamkin Arm Lock

Golf ball: Bridgestone Tour B X

Grips: Iomic X-Grip

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Brian Harman, Patton Kizzire Winning WITBs: 2018 QBE Shootout

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Driver: Titleist 917D2 (8.5 degrees)
Shaft: Accra Concept Series X-flex

3-wood: Titleist TS2 (13.5 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Speeder Evolution II 661 S-flex

5-wood: Titliest 917F2 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Speeder Evolution II 757 S-flex

Hybrid: Titleist 818 H1 (21 degrees)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold

Irons: Titleist 718 CB (5-9)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Wedges: Titleist SM7 (46, 50, 53, 60 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: TaylorMade Spider OS CB

Ball: Titleist Pro V1 (2017)

Patton Kizzire

Driver: Titleist TS3 (10.5 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Speeder TR 757 X-flex

3-wood: Titleist 917F2 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila Tour Blue 95 X-flex

Hybrid: Titleist 913H (19 degrees)
Shaft: UST Mamiya Axiv Core X-flex

Irons: Titleist 718 T-MB (4), Titleist 718 CB (5-6), Titleist 718 MB (7-9)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Wedges: Titleist SM7 (48, 52, 56, 60 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Onyx X100

Putter: Scotty Cameron Golo Tour

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x (2017)

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