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Rory Mcllroy Beaten By Amateur At The Masters

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Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, prepares to hit on the eighth fairway during the third round of the Masters golf tournament Saturday, April 12, 2014, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson) Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, prepares to hit on the eighth fairway during the third round of the Masters golf tournament Saturday, April 12, 2014, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Rory McIlroy was hoping for a little sympathy on the 18th green.

No chance.

McIlroy birdied three of his final four holes in the third round, shooting a 1-under 71, but got beat by his amateur playing partner.

Jeff Knox, one of the best amateur golfers who happens to be a member at Augusta National, was selected to serve as a non-competing marker because an odd number of players made the cut. And Knox showed McIlroy a thing or two about Augusta. Knox shot 2-under 70 despite bogeying No. 18.

"I thought he was going to be nice and three-putt the last and we would have a half, but he beat me by one," McIlroy said. "He obviously knows this place so well and gets it around. I don't think I've ever seen anyone putt the greens as well as he does around here. He was really impressive. I was thinking of maybe getting him to read a few of my putts out there."

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