Masters 2017: I didn't want Jeff to beat me - Day happy to best marker at Masters

Augusta marker Jeff Knox is a tough man to get the better of and Jason Day was relieved to do so on Saturday.

Jason Day would have hoped to have been contending for a green jacket at the Masters, but his primary aim on Saturday was simply to get the better of a local amateur.

After making the cut on the bubble at six over on Friday, Day was the first man out for round three at Augusta.

And with the field reduced to an odd number of players, the world number three found himself out with a marker - the increasingly familiar figure of Jeff Knox.

As the talented Augusta member who is frequently relied upon to tee it up over the weekend when an odd number make the cut, Knox has gained a degree of notoriety - particularly after he apparently shot a better score than Rory McIlroy when the duo were paired together in 2014.

On this occasion, Knox was second-best as Day carded a three-under 69 to improve his aggregate score to three over.

"Oh, I just didn't want Jeff to beat me," said the Australian. "I heard that he beat Rory. 

"He said he was nervous on the first tee and in my head I'm like, I'm kind of nervous, because I don't want to let my marker beat me.

"So, it was kind of neck and neck. I bogeyed the second hole and he parred it and he kind of had a little one up lead there for a bit, so I'm glad I ended up carrying out the back side."

Day's chances of winning the tournament are remote, but he took heart from breaking 70 on Saturday.

"The first two days kind of put me out of it and today was a good round to get myself kind of back to good form," he added.

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