MacKenzie Makes Rookie Mistake of the Century

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PGA Tour (75x100)KAPALUA, Hawaii -- Will MacKenzie still acts like a newcomer on the PGA TOUR.

He's not playing like one.

The 32-year-old free spirit has regaled audiences this week with his tales from the great outdoors, when he quit golf as a teenager and slept in the back of his van for five years so he could surf, snowboard, kayak, climb mountains and not have a care in the world.

But during an interview with Golf Channel, he made 'the rookie mistake of the century.' Asked if he was sleeping in the Ritz-Carlton or his van this week at the Mercedes-Benz Championship, MacKenzie said he was at the Ritz -- then gave his room number.

The light on his phone was blinking when he got back. The voice mailbox was full.

And the calls kept coming.

'I want to thank everyone that called me from wherever,' he said. 'I really appreciate that. But I don't need to start doing that, giving out my room number. I got a lot of calls and a lot of support, but I had to turn my phone off because I didn't want to get woken up at night. But you know what? That's what it's all about, the fans.'

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