Jeff Knox living the Average Joe's Masters dream


Surely you've dreamed about playing Augusta National. You've probably also wondered what it would be like to play with the atmosphere that surrounds the Masters.

Well, Jeff Knox has done both -- more than a few times.

Knox, 48, is an Augusta National member, who serves as a "non-competing marker" during Masters week.

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What does that mean? Well, when an odd number of players make the 36-hole cut -- in the case of this year's Masters 51 players made the cut -- the one player who is scheduled to play alone with the first tee time is given the option to take a "marker."

The marker is a non-competing playing partner. He's pretty much there to keep the competitor's scorecard and so that the competing player can keep a nice pace.

Knox has played in a number of USGA events through the years and once shot a 61 at Augusta National.

On Saturday morning, Knox teed it up with Rory McIlroy. McIlroy was the last player to make the cut Friday at 4 over.

Yahoo! writer Jay Busbee wrote today that Knox is no stranger to teeing it up during Masters week:

Throughout his career as a marker, Knox has had the opportunity to play many of the best in the game. A Guardian article last year documented some of the best stories:

Knox first played in 2003, teeing it up against Craig Stadler and beating him both times.

Knox once outrdrove Miguel Angel Jiminez on both the first and tenth tees, despite Jiminez' joking admonition not to do so.

In 2006, Knox played with Sergio Garcia, and according to rumor, the two made the round interesting with a little wager. Knox won by a stroke and Garcia reputedly did not shake hands with him afterward, so you can guess how that turned out.

So there you have it -- Jeff Knox, the man living the dream of all of us who will never play in the Masters.

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