LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Will MacKenzie once referred to his swing as the “Willie Mac-ington,” a self-styled combination of his own action mixed with a little bit of Steve Elkington’s classic motion.
On Thursday at the Children’s Miracle Network Classic MacKenzie sizzled to an opening 67 under cold, gray skies thanks to a hot putter, not that famed “Willie Mac-ington.”
“I kept my head still,” said MacKenzie, who took 28 putts on Day 1 including eight one-putts. “My plan is to go the rest of my life keeping my head still.”
Although the two-time Tour winner is one of the circuit’s better ballstrikers, he admitted on Thursday the difference between a Tour player and a guy struggling to keep his card is putting.
“I think I’m 183rd in putting. I just looked at that and couldn’t believe it,” he said. “I didn’t even know there were that many guys on Tour.”