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Knox: Ball is in Rory's court for practice session

Rory McIlroy in action during the pro-am for the Wells Fargo Championship at the Quail Hollow Golf Club on April 30, 2014 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Picture: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images.
Rory McIlroy in action during the pro-am for the Wells Fargo Championship at the Quail Hollow Golf Club on April 30, 2014 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Picture: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images.

AUGUST member Jeff Knox has vowed to help newly-crowned Open champion Rory McIlroy win a green jacket and become just the sixth player to complete a career grand slam.

Speaking after claiming his third major title at Royal Liverpool, McIlroy said he would consider playing practice rounds with Knox, who was his marker in the third round earlier this year and beat him by one shot.

And Knox says that he could save McIlroy a handful of shots which might make all the difference to his bid to join Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods in winning all four major titles.

"We corresponded on that after the Masters and hopefully that will work out," Knox said.

"I'm not sure he needs a lot of my help, he's the number two player in the world, but I am happy to be able to help in any way I can.

Congratulation

"We have left it open-ended, the ball is in his court, but I have his address and I will drop him a note of congratulation on winning the Open."

Rounds of 71 and 77 at Augusta National in April meant McIlroy made the cut on the mark of four over par and, as the odd man out of the 51 players left in the field, had to play with a marker on Saturday.

Two-time former Georgia amateur champion Knox had that enviable role and although McIlroy shot 71 with three birdies in the last four holes, Knox - who holds the course record of 61 from the members' tees - beat him by a single shot despite a bogey on the 18th.

Speaking after lifting the Claret Jug on Sunday, McIlroy said: "What really helped me last year was playing with Jeff Knox in the third round. He's the best I've ever seen on Augusta's greens.

"I might have to take a couple of trips up before it starts next year and have a couple of practice rounds with him."

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