McIlroy outscored by marker

European Tour

Rory McIlroy suffered the embarrassment of being outscored by his marker in the third round of the Masters on Saturday.

As the last of 51 players to make the halfway cut on the mark of four over par, McIlroy was assigned a non-competing marker to play alongside him, and Augusta National club member Jeff Knox was the man given the honour.

Knox seemed to more than enjoy the experience, finishing the day with a two-under-par 70 – one better than McIlroy’s 71.

And had McIlroy not birdied three of his last four holes, he would have finished much further back.

The Northern Irishman took the situation in his stride, however, despite his obvious frustration at not being able to get anything going at Augusta for the third day in a row.

“Jeff was a great player and beat me by one. I thought he was going to be nice and three-putt the last so we could have a nice half,” said McIlroy after his round.

“I don’t think I have ever seen anyone putt the greens as well. I was thinking of getting him to read some of mine. He looked like he should be playing in the Masters.”

Aside from missing a number of makeable birdie putts, McIlroy hit too many poor iron shots that led to bogeys, as he failed to get up and down from several tricky spots.

He also drove into Rae’s Creek on the left of the 13th, though he managed to escape with a par on that occasion.

McIlroy will start Sunday’s final round on three over par.

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