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Will MacKenzie

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (43) / 9/28/1974
Ht / Wt:  5'11 / 175

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Will MacKenzie has taken a pass on this week's FedEx St. Jude Classic, pulling his name from the field prior to the start of the event. First alternate Cameron Beckman will take his spot in the field.
MacKenzie was set to make his first PGA TOUR start since the 2017 Travelers but it wasn't meant to be. Since then, he is 0-for-5 on the Tour, withdrawing from two of those events. Playing on a medical extension, he has six starts to earn 238.354 FedExCup Points. Gamers should keep an eye on the 43-year-old but there is no reason to reinvest in fantasy leagues. Jun 5 - 8:34 PM

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Will MacKenzie will make his first PGA TOUR appearance in nearly as year as he preps for this week's FedEx St. Jude Classic.

Playing on a medical extension, MacKenzie has six starts to earn 238.354 FedExCup Points. That would slot him back into his previous status which was a part of the Tour reshuffle. Down on the circuit, he is 0-for-5 since his last appearance on the PGA TOUR (T17 at 2017 Travelers). Given his long layoff from the big stage, and lack of good results on the WCT, gamers can play the wait-and-see game before any reinvestment in any fantasy format.
Jun 5 - 11:41 AM

World No. 624 Will MacKenzie will begin the 2017-18 season on a Minor Medical Extension out of the reshuffle category.

The 43-year-old has not teed it up on the main stage since a T17 at the 2017 Travelers back in late June, now nearly seven months ago. When he gets back on the horse, he'll have six starts to earn 238.354 FedExCup points and retain status. The two-time Tour grad did make two starts in the WCT Finals in September-October, missing one cut and WD'ing after an even-par 71 in Round 1 of the WCT Championship. Since the advent of the FEC Playoffs in 2007, the North Carolina native has only qualified two times, in 2007, and most recently 2014, where he finished a career-best 65th in the FEC standings.
Tue, Dec 26, 2017 02:52:00 PM

Will MacKenzie continued his run of pre-tournament withdraws, backing out from this week's RBC Canadian Open ahead of the starting bell.

MacKenzie hasn't pegged it since a T17 at the Travelers Championship, withdrawing early from four events since then. It's odd given the strong finish in his latest start, so perhaps it was an off-the-course injury or personal issues. For anyone wondering why he would keep committing to these events before WD'ing, it's worth a reminder that committments can be made a year in advance. For example, William McGirt and David Hearn both committed to the 2017 RBC Canadian Open way back on July 22nd...of 2016. We will update if any further news gets passed along, but for now we can assume he is battling an injury.
Mon, Jul 24, 2017 12:42:00 PM

Will MacKenzie made quick work of TPC San Antonio's AT&T Oaks Course, firing a 5-under-par 33-34=67 during the opening round of the Valero Texas Open to find himself just one off the early pacesetter Branden Grace.

MacKenzie kept the ball in front of him today, splitting 11 (of 14) fairways en route to 12 greens in regulation. From there his short game did wonders. The magic started with a 16'1" birdie splash at the par-4 12th and he would later add an 18-footer at the par-4 fifth hole. MacKenzie would follow that up with a 25'4" hole out from the fringe at the sixth. Overall, he gained 2.433 strokes putting after converting six putts from outside six feet in addition to the hole out from just off the green. Entering the week, the 42-year-old already had a runner-up finish on his Valero resume (2014) but this goes in the books as his new personal best here at TPC San Antonio, eclipsing his previous best of 3-under 69 (R1, 2014).
Thu, Apr 20, 2017 01:22:00 PM

Will MacKenzie makes his way back to PGA National’s Champion Course for this week's Honda Classic.

MacKenzie is playing the 2016-17 season out of the Tour graduate reshuffle. He didn't crack the field on merit, but received a sponsor's invite, giving him a chance to increase on his already great course history. In seven events played at this course, he's racked up three finished of T12 or better, missing just one cut. MacKenzie is also coming in fresh off a T14 at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-am, just two weeks ago. That was his first top 15 since the 2016 Puerto Rico Open, with 20 events in between. The 42-year-old brings a lot of potential this week for gamers looking for an under-the-radar sleeper.
Mon, Feb 20, 2017 09:11:00 PM

Beginning off No. 10 tee, World No. 506 Will MacKenzie smoothed a bogey-free 33-35=68 in today's final round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am to finish off his seventh appearance on 7-under 280, up 19 places to T15 with play still in progress.

The Tour grad's best at Pebble Beach is T13 in 2014 so he may not beat that, but should post his second top 25. More importantly, it's easily a season best in eight starts (T48, Shriners) and his best showing on TOUR since T19-T8 run at last year's Houston Open and opposite-field Puerto Rico Open, 20 and 21 starts ago, respectively. For the week, the North Carolina native had two blemish-free rounds (R2/R4) and totaled 14 birdies against five bogeys and one double.
Sun, Feb 12, 2017 04:13:00 PM

Opening on the 10th tee at Spyglass Hill Golf Course, Will MacKenzie styled a bogey-free, 4-under-par 34-34=68 during the two-day second round at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, reaching 5-under 138 as he readies for the third round.

MacKenzie found just nine greens in regulation in round one, while facing the Shore Course at Monterey Peninsula Country Club. The change of venue and change in weather treated him nicely, as he split 10 (of 14) fairways in round two while splashing 15 greens in regulation. That took a lot of pressure off the flat stick, while also allowing him to take advantage of the par 5s (circling birdies on all four). MacKenzie arrived this week on the heels of three straight missed cuts, but he's off to the races so far as he readies for his round-three battle with Pebble Beach Golf Links.
Sat, Feb 11, 2017 12:31:00 PM

Will MacKenzie bombarded the Plantation Course at Sea Island Golf Club, styling a bogey-free, 6-under-par 34-33=66 during the opening round of The RSM Classic.

The Tour grad found just half of the possible 14 fairways and landed just 13 greens, but still managed to keep a clean card with a 5-for-5 scrambling effort. MacKenzie is just 2-for-5 at the RSM, but he's no stranger to the top of the leaderboard as he shared runner-up honors here during the 2015 edition. The 42-year-old is looking to bounce back from a disappointing 2015-16 campaign where he finished 151st in the FedExCup standings. So far, so good, as he's 3-for-3 to open the new season and tucked inside the top 10 on day one here in Saint Simons Island.
Thu, Nov 17, 2016 02:35:00 PM Tour grad Will MacKenzie heads to Mexico for the OHL Classic at Mayakoba.

The 42-year-old is making his sixth consecutive appearance. After a couple of ho-hum results (T56/2011; T49/2012) he back-doored a T12 in 2014 with 6-under 65, and was T5 in 2015 thru 36 holes (65-68) before hanging on for T9 with 74-66. The North Carolina native, 151st in FedEx points last season, is making his third start of 2016-17 posting T48 last week at the Shriners (72-67-67-71) and T60 at the Safeway Open (69-69-72-75). He had just one top 10 last season in 26 events (T8, Puerto Rico Open).
Wed, Nov 9, 2016 02:33:00 PM

Will MacKenzie made his way toward the top of the John Deere Classic leaderboard with a 5-under-par 34-32=66 during round one, putting him two strokes off the lead as he preps for a quick turnaround for his round two tee time.

Fighting through weather delays, MacKenzie pelted 15 greens in regulation to set up more than his fair share of birdie opportunities. He converted on six of them to offset a lone bogey. MacKenzie walked off the course gaining 5.084 strokes approaching-the-green, which is more than his total strokes gained of 4.418. If the 41-year-old can maintain this kind of iron-play then he'll be tough to kick out of the top 10 as the week progresses.
Fri, Aug 12, 2016 03:06:00 PM

Past champ Will MacKenzie carded a 3-under-par 34-35=69 in today's third round of the Barracuda Championship to add eight points and pots a three-day total of 26 points, up one spot to solo sixth.

The 41-year-old peppered 13 (of 14) fairways and hit 15 greens in regulation, contributing to 4.385 in SG: Tee-to-Green. He struggled with the flat stick though, posting a dismal -2.885 in SG: Putting and a pedestrian 1.867 putts per GIR. The North Carolina native squared bogey-4s at the third and 16th holes, the latter a 3-putt from 50'10", but erased them with five birdies, the longest of which was 5'2" at the par-5 second. He missed three birdies tries from inside of 10 feet.
Sat, Jul 2, 2016 10:22:00 PM

Past champ Will MacKenzie smoothed a bogey-free 5-under-par 35-32=67 in the second round of the Barracuda Championship to collect 10 points and reach the halfway mark on 18 points, up 19 places on the live leaderboard to T4, six points in arrears of 36-hole clubhouse leader Greg Chalmers.

The 41-year-old opened his eighth appearance in Reno with five birdies against two bogeys for eight points. He won the first of his two TOUR titles here in 2006 in his second visit, still at Montrêux G&CC, but before the tourney switched to the Modified Stableford scoring in 2012. The North Carolina native striped 10 (of 14) fairways and peppered 14 greens in regulation, up from only nine GIR in R1. Thru his first 11 holes, he circled just the par-3 third from 11'6", but awoke to birdie Nos. 12, 13, 16 and 18, all from inside of 12 feet.
Fri, Jul 1, 2016 04:19:00 PM

Will MacKenzie smoothed a 4-under-par 34-32=66 in today's second round of the FedEx St. Jude Classic to post 4-under 136, up 35 places to T5 with play still in progress.

This is the 41-year-old's 10th appearance with a best of T8 in 2007. He's missed five cuts at TPC Southwind, including his last three consecutive. MacKenzie's 66 is his first red number in Memphis since a pair of 69s in R2/R3 in 2010 -- 12 and 13 laps ago, respectively -- and overall, it's his best in 28 career laps. He opened with a five birdies in round one, but erased them with three bogeys and a walk-off double bogey-6 at the 18th. The North Carolina native circled five again in R2, but limited the blemishes to one, a 3-putt from 29'11" at the par-3 11th, his second hole of the day.
Fri, Jun 10, 2016 07:13:00 PM

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.
Fri, Apr 1, 2016 02:41:00 PM