Confusing cheers for co-leader MacKenzie on Day 3


ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – One of the PGA Tour’s most entertaining characters, Will MacKenzie didn’t disappoint on Saturday at the McGladrey Classic.

At the par-3 sixth hole, he hit a “held-off” 8-iron that caromed off the flagstick and into the hole. Not that MacKenzie had any idea where it went.

“It was the most anti-climactic hole in one I’ve ever had,” smiled MacKenzie, who originally thought the shot had bounced off the flagstick and away from the hole.

Finally, four fans that had been watching the hole informed MacKenzie of his ace. “When I hit the shot it was like a ‘sorry you got screwed’ clap,” he said.

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Eleven holes later, things went the other way for MacKenzie when he flew the green at the par-3 17th hole, chipped through the putting surface and rolled in an 8 footer for bogey.

“Best bogey clap I’ve ever had,” smiled MacKenzie, who is tied with Andrew Svoboda (65) atop the McGladrey Classic leaderboard after his third consecutive 66.

After losing his PGA Tour status in 2012, MacKenzie advanced to the third FedEx Cup playoff event this year and is vying for his first Tour victory since the 2008 Viking Classic.