MacKenzie in McGladrey mix after surfin' safari

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ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – It’s not unusual for players to get away from the game during the PGA Tour’s minuscule off-season, but Will MacKenzie may have blazed a new trail.

After advancing to the third FedEx Cup playoff event, MacKenzie joined a group of Tour players and equipment representatives in Nicaragua for a surfing trip in September.

“They went to a cool little surf camp, it's a nice little place, Mark and Dave's, but it's not like we stayed at (an upscale resort),” said MacKenzie, who opened with rounds of 65-68 at the McGladrey Classic. “There were like crabs in my room and bugs. It was nice. It was the real deal.”

MacKenzie, who joined Adam Scott and Nick Flanagan in Nicaragua, said his skills were not as sharp as they once were, “I’m about a 30 handicap,” and that there was a moment when he thought he might drown.

“I'm trying to get out and after about an hour, I'm like, I have to get going here,” MacKenzie said. “So I'm swimming on my back, and everything is sucking you out, and these bombs are coming in. I came up a couple of times on my last breath like, oh, oh, I'm out of shape and I'm out of my element here.”