Augusta, GA -
Larry Mize will be in the first pairing Sunday morning at 10:10 a.m...and since there's an odd number of golfers, he'll play with a marker. That marker is a member at Augusta National Golf Club, and it's become an annual tradition for this member to tee it up with a pro. But, as our Brad Means tells us,. his name recognition appears to be rather low with the patrons.
At a place that hosts the biggest names in golf, his name is nowhere to be found.
You can search the scoreboard. You can scour the sea of patrons. You can peruse the pairing sheet, but the only I.D. you can get on this guy is, Marker.
"I have no idea who the marker guy is," a patron said.
"Have you ever heard of Marker?" we asked a patron. "No," he answered.
"We're both big Ricky Fowler fans," said a patron. "Not big Marker fans?" we asked. "No not at all," he said. "He's a great golfer," we said. "Is he? What tournaments has he won?" the patron asked.
A marker is used when the field has an odd number of players. He steps in to complete a twosome. We finally found him on the 18th fairway.
Brad Means, reporting: "Even though most of the patrons we talked to, hadn't heard of this marker. His playing partner, Rory McElroy, knew it was Augusta's own Jeff Knox, and he had some good things to say about him."
"Jeff is a really nice guy. He couldn't have done enough to help, and he's a really good player. I think he bogeyed the last for 2 under par and beat me by a shot," McElroy said.
Knox is very good at golf. He's a decorated amateur, and gets called on quite a bit to play this part. His local knowledge of this golf course is good to have when you're trying to make up lost ground.
"We talked a lot out there. He's a really nice guy, I think he's been a member here for 15 years and he knows the place so well, so we had a really good time out there," McElroy added.
Ever-humble...Jeff "The Marker" Knox did not speak to the media after his round, preferring to slip back into his green jacket and get back to work hosting the world's best players.
"He was playing very well compared to Rory," said a patron.
"I thought he was great," said another patron.
Knox is more than capable of holding his own on the course at the Augusta National Golf Club. He holds the course record with a 61 from the member tees.