Legendary Masters Marker Jeff Knox Replaced For 2022

The Augusta National member will no longer act as a noncompeting marker if an odd number of players make the cut at The Masters

Legendary Masters Marker Jeff Knox Replaced For 2022
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After two decades on standby, Jeff Knox will no longer be called upon to make up a twosome if an odd number of competitors make the cut at this year's Masters

Knox, 59, has become something of a cult figure in his role as a noncompeting marker, a post he was first assigned to in 2002. Since then, he has played the weekend at Augusta National with former champions Sergio Garcia, Bubba Watson, Sandy Lyle and Larry Mize, as well as the likes of Rory McIlroy, Ernie Els, Jason Day and Paul Casey. 

However, according to a report in the Augusta Chronicle, Knox has been informed that his services won't be required this year should an odd number of players make it through to the weekend. Although unconfirmed, it is believed that his fellow club member Michael McDermott is expected to take over the role.

"I’ve heard this same thing," said Mize, the 1987 Masters champion who played alongside Knox in 2014. "I heard there is another guy who is the marker so I’m thinking must be a good player. If Jeff’s not playing, he must be a really good player because Jeff is a really good player."

Mize is just one of many who was beaten by course specialist Knox when paired together. That group also includes McIlroy, who finished his third round in 2014 with back-to-back birdies to shoot 71, a shot higher than Knox's 70.

"I thought he was going to be nice and three-putt the last and we would have a halve, but he beat me by one," McIlroy said after the round. "He obviously knows this place so well and gets it around.

Rory McIlroy and Jeff Knox

Jeff Knox famously beat Rory McIlroy when they played together in 2014

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"I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone putt the greens as well and he does around here. He was really impressive. I was thinking of maybe getting him to read a few of my putts out there. He played just like he should be playing in the Masters."

The changing of the guard for 2022 means Knox's final tour during The Masters came two years ago at the coronavirus-delayed November 2020 edition. After Erik van Rooyen withdrew with a back injury, the Augusta National member was drafted in to accompany Sung Kang for Friday's second round.

But with an even number of players making the cut that year and in 2021, Knox wasn’t needed on the weekend, bringing his time as the Masters marker to an end.

Andrew Wright
Staff Writer

A lifelong golf fan, Andy graduated in 2019 with a degree in Sports Journalism and got his first role in the industry as the Instruction Editor for National Club Golfer. From there, he went on to enjoy a spell freelancing for Stats Perform producing football reports, and then for RacingNews365 covering Formula 1. However, he couldn't turn down the opportunity to get back into the sport he grew up watching and playing and now covers a mixture of equipment, instruction and news for Golf Monthly's website and print title.

Andy took up the game at the age of seven and even harboured ambitions of a career in the professional ranks for a spell. That didn’t pan out, but he still enjoys his weekend golf at Royal Troon and holds a scratch handicap. As a side note, he's made five holes-in-one and could quite possibly be Retief Goosen’s biggest fan.

As well as the above, some of Andy's work has featured on websites such as goal.com, dailyrecord.co.uk, and theopen.com.

What's in Andy's bag?

Driver: Callaway Mavrik Sub-Zero (9°)

3-wood: TaylorMade Stealth 2 Plus (15°)

Driving iron: Titleist U500 (17°)

Irons: Callaway Apex Pro '19 (4-PW)

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM9 (50°, 54° and 58°)

Putter: TaylorMade Spider X

Ball: TaylorMade TP5x