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.
Sat, Mar 12, 2016 07:21:00 PM