— Jeff Valois (@jeffvalois) April 9, 2016
What turn of events would have Bubba Watson’s caddie celebrating the success of another golfer?
Meet Jeff Knox, he’s the non-competing marker whose score will not count as he goes out on the first tee time. Bubba Watson thought he’d be teeing off by himself this morning but that’s not how things are done at Augusta National. Jeff is the guy they call when an odd number of players make the cut.
“The green jackets call him in when there’s an odd-numbered field after the cut, so the solo guy in the first tee time of the day has someone to play with in the morning.”
What a lucky b******, well if you exclude the fact he was playing with a moody Bubba Watson. Augusta don’t just let anyone jump on this “grenade,” Knox is an Augusta member who shot 61 back in 2002, that’s a course record from the member’s tees.
Jeff Knox opting out of players courtesy Mercedes, pulls up in 7 series, parks in member lot, cup of joe in hand, waves to patrons. #TMA
— Tour Mid-Am (@TourMidAm) April 11, 2015
To surround this cult figure in even more mystery, Knox has taken money off several high profile professional players. He beat Rory McIlroy in 2014, which led many pros to seek his advice on the course’s topography. Many think Jeff’s knowledge of the course is second to none.
SB Nation highlighted several moments of awesomeness from Knox’s hustling career:
- Making a wager with Sergio Garcia in 2006, beating Sergio, and then Sergio refusing to shake his hand.
- Back-to-back drubbings of former Masters champ Craig Stadler on the weekend on 2003.
- Poking it past Miguel Angel Jimenez off a couple different tees, after the Spaniard told him not to outdrive him.
- Giving then-defending champ Bubba Watson tips on how to play Amen Corner at the 2013 Masters.
By all accounts he’s a very likeable and down to earth bloke, a personality you probably wouldn’t associate with an Augusta member. Here he is slotting one from way downtown. Fingers crossed he took some money off Bubba.
— No Laying Up (@NoLayingUp) April 9, 2016