Per tournament policy, when an odd number of players make the cut, the first player out is accompanied by a score-keeping marker. Knox has played that role several times recently. Most notably, he bettered then world No. 1 Rory McIlroy – 70 to 71 – in 2014.
On a much more difficult day than the one two years ago, Knox wasn’t able to beat Bubba. Watson posted a 4-over 76. Knox, though he didn’t play every hole out, would have shot in the 80s, according to reports. They played in roughly 3 hours and 40 minutes.
Watson bypassed media after his round and Knox declined (as the club prefers) to speak as well.
Knox owns the course record from the members’ tees, with a 61.