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Will MacKenzie

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (42) / 9/28/1974
Ht / Wt:  5'11 / 175

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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). Apr 20 - 1:22 PM

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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.
Feb 20 - 9:11 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.
Feb 12 - 4:13 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.
Feb 11 - 12:31 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

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.
Thu, Mar 24, 2016 01:26:00 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.
Sat, Mar 12, 2016 07:21:00 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.
Fri, Mar 11, 2016 01:03:00 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.
Tue, Feb 23, 2016 10:05:00 PM