Rory McIlroy Hopes to Practice With Jefferson Knox, Who Beat Him at Augusta
At 25, Rory McIlroy has already won three majors, but he still has much to learn.
As part of his continuing education, he hopes to make the rounds at Augusta National with the amateur who beat him in the third round of the 2014 Masters.
On Saturday of last year’s toonament, Augusta member Jeff Knox was paired with McIlroy as a noncompeting marker, and edged the Boy King by a shot, firing a two-under 70 to McIlroy’s 71.
At the time, McIlroy praised his partner’s play, particularly Knox’s putting and his knowledge of the greens.
Maybe Knox could pass along some pointers?
On Tuesday, Knox, 51, told the Augusta Chronicle that he’d received a letter from the Northern Irish star, in which McIlroy said he’d like to play “a couple of practice rounds” with him prior to the 2015 event.
Hey, why not?
With the Claret Jug now in his trophy case, McIlroy needs only a green jacket to complete the career Grand Slam, and though the Masters is still nine months away, Augusta is already on his mind.
“To be 25 and have three of the four majors and have the chance to win number four at Augusta, it’s an incredible point of my career,” McIlroy was quoted as saying earlier this week.
He could do worse than studying Augusta with a man who knows the course as well as anyone.