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Who is the new Augusta National marker?

Jeff Knox became part of the furniture at the Masters, but as one door closes, another opens for Michael McDermott
 

He was an unsung hero of the Masters, but now legendary Augusta marker Jeff Knox has handed over the reins.

Knox served as the official Masters marker since 2002, but now the responsibility is in the hands of Augusta National member Michael McDermott, a Philadelphia native.

The 47-year-old McDermott made it to the round of 16 at the US Amateur 20 years ago, so he is no slouch with a wedge in his hand.

What does the Augusta National marker do?

The marker is called upon when there is an odd number of players in the field.

He is usually called into action after the halfway cut is made, but McDermott’s debut came 24 hours earlier than expected when Kevin Na’s first-round withdrawal from the 2023 Masters meant Mike Weir would be playing on his own on day two.

As for their job, while they do get to play the full 18 as if they were in the tournament, they are simply there to sign their playing partner’s scorecard. Their score does not count or affect the Masters leaderboard.

Knox’s finest hour came in 2014 when he outscored Rory McIlroy. The Northern Irishman described him as the best he’s seen on the treacherous greens in Georgia.

It will come as no surprise that Knox also holds the Augusta National course record off the member tees thanks to a 61 that earned his place in the Georgia Hall of Fame in 2017.

Big shoes for McDermott to fill. Let’s hope he’s up to it…

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