Posted July 25, 2014

Rory McIlroy Hopes to Practice With Jefferson Knox, Who Beat Him at Augusta

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Jefferson Knox edged Rory McIlroy by a shot during their round at this year's Masters. (Jack Gruber-USA TODAY Sports)

Jefferson Knox edged Rory McIlroy by a shot during their round at this year’s Masters. (Jack Gruber-USA TODAY Sports)

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.

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25 comments
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joroveer

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tommyrogo
tommyrogo

Great idea, Rory is determined.  Now without serious girlfriend or kids, he has the time to focus on his golf. Go for it.  

Heather Rogers
Heather Rogers

Anyone belonging to Agusta, doesn't need to be paid...they are all financially adept.

JimSowle
JimSowle

Knox beat half the field that day as I recall. My first Masters in person...W O W what a great experience!

Kenneth Lee
Kenneth Lee

that's a good strategy - learn by watching a "better" player

Glenn Stacks
Glenn Stacks

Jeff is a great golfer & even a nicer person.

Brian Richardson
Brian Richardson

I believe Rory will get the career slam but not next year. The hype is going to be unreal. It's already started and we haven't even had the PGA yet.

John Williams
John Williams

He certainly doesn't want to study the course with Bubba. I would play a couple rounds with Jack if I were Rory. No one can think their way around Augusta like the Golden Bear.

Paul Jack Fahrner
Paul Jack Fahrner

That is a brilliant idea. Great that Rory has the humility to want to be the beast he can. Unlike some other well known golfer

GoodOleTom
GoodOleTom

GoodOleTom has practice round tickets for next year...but I'll probably scalp 'em on Washington Rd.

MorphySmith
MorphySmith

Classy  and smart move by Rory. Most pros would hang their heads after getting beat by a amateur, no matter how good the amateur may be.

golferx
golferx

why should rory pay? tigger never paid Stricker for all those putting lessons. CHEEP.

golferx
golferx

no Bubba? LOL


what a tool. who wouldn't want advice from a TWO time winner?

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