Who Is Michael McDermott? The New Masters Marker

A new era was ushered in at the 87th Masters, as non-playing marker Michael McDermott finally replaced Jeff Knox

Michael McDermott and his caddie walk during the 2023 Masters
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A new era was ushered in at Augusta National on day two of the 87th Masters after John McDermott officially took over the role as the tournament's non-playing marker.

The role was previously Jeff Knox's, with the American replaced in 2022 although the services of the non-playing marker have not yet been required - until now. 

McDermott would have expected that if he was needed, it would have been at the weekend, with the non-playing marker used for when an odd number of golfers make the cut. However, Mike Weir's playing partner Kevin Na withdrew after just nine holes of his first round so McDermott joined the Canadian on Friday.

The new Masters marker was dressed head-to-toe in Augusta National Golf Club merch and reportedly stepped up to the 1st tee and outdrove Weir by 30 yards with a 300-yarder as his first ever shot in his new role.

We also got a look at his brilliant swing, with a clip managing to make its way into Mike Weir's 'every shot shown' clips on the Masters website.

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McDermott gets to play on Masters Sunday, too, due to just 53 participants in the final round following Tiger Woods' withdrawal. McDermott is playing with Keith Mitchell off the 10th tee.

McDermott is clearly a very fine player and apparently once drove the 11th green at Augusta National from the members' tees.

Not a great deal is known about him though, other than he is in his late-40s, hails from Pennsylvania and is a two-time winner of the Crump Cup - an elite amateur event held at the world famous Pine Valley Golf Club, where he is also a member.

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He has big shoes to fill after Knox outscored a number of the world's best during his time as non-playing marker.

Knox reportedly holds the Augusta National course record of 61 (-11) and famously shot 70 to Rory McIlroy's 71 in the third round of the 2014 Masters. He started as non-playing marker back in 2002 and has made a big impression on some of the game's biggest names through the years.

“I’d take him over anyone in the world on these greens, hands down," Justin Thomas once said.

The world's best will be getting to know a lot more about Knox's replacement, Michael McDermott, over the coming years.

Elliott Heath
Senior Staff Writer

Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news, features, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as four Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. His first Open was in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, when he walked inside the ropes with Jordan Spieth during the Texan's memorable Claret Jug triumph. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Western Gailes, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 2-5. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!

Elliott is currently playing:

Driver: Titleist TSR4

3 wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max

Hybrid: TaylorMade SIM Max

Irons: Mizuno MP5 4-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: TaylorMade TP5x