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Will MacKenzie

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (41) / 9/28/1974
Ht / Wt:  5'11 / 175

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Will MacKenzie twirled a bogey-free 4-under-par 36-32=68 in the second round of the Shell Houston Open, reaching 7-under 137 and still blemish-free on the week. UPDATE: MacKenzie is the only player bogey-free thru the first two rounds and is T5 on the leaderboard, three shy of 36-hole leader Charley Hoffman.
MacKenzie opened up his round with 10 straight pars. They were stress-free holes, with the longest putt made coming from just 6 feet. On a day where the wind picked up, he still managed 12 (of 14) fairways hit. MacKenzie gained 1.820 strokes with the putter in today's round, but sank just one putt of notable distance, a 13'4" birdie roll on the par-5 13th hole. He is now 7-for-7 scrambling on the week, and remains bogey-free through 36 holes. Apr 1 - 2:41 PM

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Will MacKenzie fired a bogey-free, 6-under-par 33-33=66 during the first round of this week's Puerto Rico Open at Coco Beach.

Finishing just one stroke out of last year's playoff, MacKenzie has a score to settle with Coco Beach G&CC. He striped 13 (of 14) fairways on the day to put himself in great position throughout the round. MacKenzie shared of a piece of the 36-hole lead two weeks ago at the Valsar, so his game is showing signs of life at the perfect time. There are still 54 holes to play, but the form looks to have remained with him as he traveled south of the border.
Mar 24 - 1:26 PM

Overnight co-leader Will MacKenzie back-pedaled to a 3-over-par 37-37=74 on day three of the Valspar Championshp for a 54-hole total of 2-under 211, down eight places on the leaderboard to T9, six adrift of leader Bill Haas.

This was MacKenzie's second 36-hole lead/co-lead on TOUR in his 227th career start, the other coming nearly eight years ago at the 2008 John Deere -- he eventually finished T4. In a final twosome of 40-somethings with Steve Stricker, the Jupiter, Florida, resident opened with a 4'6" birdie on the par-5 first but missed his next two greens and squared back-to-back bogeys, missing par putts from 7'0" and 5'7", respectively. He got one back with a chip-in birdie-3 at six, but that would be it, playing his final 12 holes in birdie-less 3-over, squaring bogeys on 7, 12 (three-putt from 37'0"), and 18. MacKenzie hit eight (of 13) fairways but mustered only eight greens in regulation and a -2.579 in strokes gained: putting.
Mar 12 - 7:21 PM

Will MacKenzie fired a 4-under-par 32-35=67 in the second round of this week's Valspar Championship to stake claim to the early 36-hole clubhouse lead on 5-under 137. UPDATE: With play completed, MacKenzie co-leads with Steve Stricker.

MacKenzie put on a ball-striking tutorial today, striping nine (of 13) fairways, and landing 15 greens in regulation. His putter wasn't completely calm either, as he splashed in four putts from outside nine feet on the day. That included a walk-off birdie bomb from 36'9" to go out in style. The notable number is 4.240, his strokes gained:tee-to-green for the round as he walked off the course. MacKenzie finished T4 here in 2014, and is looking for a similar result this week.
Mar 11 - 1:03 PM

Will MacKenzie won't venture too far from home as he prepares for his eighth playing of The Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

MacKenzie has made 10 starts on TOUR since left-knee surgery last July (meniscus). He's missed six cuts and his four cashes are T54 or worse. PGA National's Champion Course (par 70) is a stones throw from his Jupiter, Florida, residence and he's 5-for-7 in the event with four top 25s. The 41-year-old missed the cut in his 2006 tourney debut (CC at Mirasol) and again last year (by one) on rounds of 72-73. In-between, he's put up red numbers in 12 (of 20) rounds posting a T6/2014 and T5/2009. Thru 10 starts in 2015-16, MacKenzie ranks 171st on TOUR in the all-around after finishing 10th last season.
Feb 23 - 10:05 PM

Two years removed from a T13, Will MacKenzie returns to the CareerBuilder Challenge where he owns a 2-for-5 record with a pair of top 20s.

MacKenzie played the CB Challenge four straight years between 2006 and 2009 when the tourney was 90 holes, missing three cuts and cashing a T18 in 2007. In the six years since, he's returned just once, posting a T13 in 2014. Last season ended with knee surgery (meniscus), five days after missing the cut at the John Deere in mid-July. The 41-year-old ended up 126th in the FedExCup standings (16 starts), but retained status after finishing 115th in money, primarily on the strength of a P2 (McGladrey) in his first event of the season. MacKenzie's 2015-16 campaign is off to a lethargic start, with three made cuts on six events but nothing better than T54. He missed the cut by seven at last week's Sony after rounds of 77-67.
Jan 19 - 8:41 PM

Will MacKenzie looks to rebound from injury as he enters the 2016 portion of the PGA TOUR schedule.

MacKenzie shut it down following the 2015 John Deere Classic, due to a knee ailment that required surgery. He's yet to regain the fire as he's finished outside the top 50 in all five of his starts during the fall. MacKenzie is a top-10 machine when he's healthy and in great form, but that is not where he's at currently.
Wed, Dec 16, 2015 08:50:00 PM

Will MacKenzie walked off with bogey in his opening round of the OHL Classic at Mayakoba and settled for a 4-under-par 34-33=67.

He was bogey-free 5-under with five birdies and salvaged par all five times when missing the green in regulation before the walk-off 5 at the 18th hole where he two-putted. It's his lowest aggregate of 11 rounds since returning full-time from knee surgery in July, but he's still chasing his first top 50 in now his fourth start. MacKenzie is just two strokes off the clubhouse lead.
Thu, Nov 12, 2015 06:17:00 PM

Will MacKenzie is rounding back into shape ahead of this week's OHL Classic at Mayakoba.

MacKenzie went under the knife on July 17th and returned to action three months later at the Open. He's returned with a pair of paydays in three starts and now tees it up a familiar El Camaleón Golf Club. MacKenzie has posted back-to-back top 15s here in Mexico and deserves a look across DFS sites this week.
Wed, Nov 11, 2015 06:39:00 PM

In his first start since the John Deere Classic three months ago, Will MacKenzie shot even-par 36-36=72 in today's opening round of the Open.

MacKenzie was sidelined since having surgery on his left knee (meniscus) on July 17. He's fully exempt this season, but he was obviously ready to get going in the season opener. It was a forgettable round in terms of success as he hit 13 greens in regulation and still couldn't sign for a red number, but there's progress in the context that he played. If the last two season are any indication, he'll focus on laying a strong foundation early, and then fade. Of course, we never know and he's 41 years of age now, but he's still serviceable in the long haul.
Thu, Oct 15, 2015 06:31:00 PM

Will MacKenzie is poised to compete in next week's Open.

If he's able to give it a go, this will be his first competition since the John Deere Classic in July. MacKenzie then had surgery to repair the mensiscus in his left knee. He's fully exempt for finishing 115th on the money list last season, so there's no need for a medical extension. However, now 41 years of age, it's fair to wonder how long the luster will last. If there's any pattern to his success, it's evident in strong starts to the last two seasons. Consider investing earlier again this time around, but remain patient as he sheds the rust at Silverado.
Sat, Oct 10, 2015 02:46:00 AM

Will MacKenzie will not compete in the FedExCup Playoffs.

Given that he had surgery on his left knee on July 17 and that there's no bona fide need to tee it up at The Barclays since he's all set for status in 2015-16, it's not surprising that MacKenzie didn't commit to next week's stop at Plainfield Country Club. At 116th in the FedExCup standings, he'd have needed a decent week to advance, anyway.
Sat, Aug 22, 2015 02:27:00 PM

Will MacKenzie has withdrawn from this week's Wyndham Championship.

He's been out of action since missing the cut at the John Deere Classic. The 40-year-old withdrew during The Greenbrier Classic the week prior with a knee injury. On Saturday, July 25, it was reported at The Daily Reflector that the 40-year-old had surgery on July 17 to repair the meniscus in his left knee. He's 116th in the FedExCup standings, so he'll retain fully exempt status for 2015-16, but don't hold your breath for a return at next week's Playoffs.
Mon, Aug 17, 2015 07:27:00 PM

Will MacKenzie settled for a 1-over-par 37-35=72 in today's opening round of the John Deere Classic.

MacKenzie couldn't give it a go in the finale at Greenbrier due to a knee injury. If it didn't bother him at TPC Deere Run today, that's obviously not reflect on his scorecard. He landed 13 greens in regulation but converted on just two looks to break par. The longest of his two birdies measured 16'4" at the par-4 14th hole. However, the 40-year-old also squared three bogeys, including a pair of three-putts.
Thu, Jul 9, 2015 02:40:00 PM

Will MacKenzie withdrew from The Greenbrier Classic prior to the start of the final round due to a knee injury.

He was in the first pairing scheduled out at 8:10 a.m. ET on Sunday with Louis Oosthuizen. For the tournament, he was at 1-over-par T78 (tied last) on rounds of 70-68-73. Of note, MacKenzie was mentioning a stiff neck in a TV interview prior to his third round at last week's Travelers Championship, where he sat 6-under at the break. Commentary was that he required physical therapy and would try not to WD. He closed in 6-over 72-74 to finish T68. This is the 40-year-old's fourth mid-tournament WD in 214 career starts and first since the Valero Texas Open in 2010. If he's able, he'll try again at next week's John Deere Classic.
Sun, Jul 5, 2015 09:54:00 AM