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Will MacKenzie

  • Birthplace: Greenville, NC
  • Residence: Jupiter, FL; plays out of The Dye Preserve
  • Birth Date: September 28, 1974
  • height: 5-11
  • Turned Pro: 2000

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PGA TOUR Victories

(2) 2006,Reno-Tahoe Open. 2008,Viking Classic.

2009 PGA TOUR Money and Position

$558,508 (115)

2009 PGA TOUR Best Finishes

T5-- The Honda Classic. T10-- the Memorial Tournament.

PGA TOUR Best Round

66 at Round 2, The 50th Bob Hope Classic hosted by Arnold Palmer. 66 at Round 3, Travelers Championship.

PGA TOUR Highlights

Finished T5 at The Honda Classic with a pair of 67s in the opening rounds...Picked up his second top-10 finish of the season at the Memorial Tournament (T10) on the strength of a final-round 68.

Career Best PGA TOUR Finishes

1-- Reno-Tahoe Open, Viking Classic.

2008 Season Highlights

Picked up second TOUR victory in a playoff at the Viking Classic...After missing six cuts in his first 10 starts, underwent right knee surgery on May 1 and was sidelined for eight weeks. Returned at the Buick Open in late June...Collected his first top-10 of the season with a T4 at the John Deere Classic. Held a two-stroke lead after 36 holes at TPC Deere Run. Closed with a 1-under par 70 to miss the three-man playoff won by Kenny Perry by a stroke. It was his first top-10 since finishing T7 at the 2007 Wyndham Championship...In the next start, collected his second TOUR title at the Viking Classic in a three-man playoff. On Sunday, he birdied four of the last six holes to record a 4-under 68 and reach a playoff with Marc Turnesa and Brian Gay. Birdied the par-5 18th hole three consecutive times, including the first two playoff holes. Gay dropped out after the first extra hole, and then third-round leader Turnesa was eliminated on the second extra hole. Collected a career-best $648,000 with the win. The victory came one day after calling a two-stroke penalty on himself for moving a loose impediment inside a hazard on the par-5 18th hole, leading to a triple bogey to finish the third round.

Career Highlights

2007: Started the year with a bang thanks to a T4 finish in first appearance in the Mercedes-Benz Championship. One of four first-time participants to finish among the top-10. Opened with a 4-under 69 to share the first-round lead with four other players, including eventual winner Vijay Singh...Next top-10 came in June at the Stanford St. Jude Championship, a T8 at TPC Southwind...Playing in home state, North Carolina, at the Wyndham Championship, led after a first-round 64, finished T7. 2006: Second year on TOUR highlighted by first career win at the Reno-Tahoe Open, his only top-10 of the season...One of 13 first-time winners on TOUR in 2006...Finished season No. 100 on the money list...Win at the Reno-Tahoe Open came in his 47th career start. Set tournament first-round scoring record with a 9-under 63. Held first-round lead and shared third-round lead prior to making a 10-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole to defeat Bob Estes by a stroke. The birdie on 18 was his first on the back nine since the second round. Set tournament record with three eagles in the first round and four overall. Became tournament's fourth first-time winner. 2005: After finishing 179th on the PGA TOUR money list in his rookie season, placed T9 at the Qualifying Tournament in December to regain his status for 2006. Lone top-10 was a T8 at the Michelin Championship at Las Vegas. 2004: Earned initial TOUR card by finishing T26 at the Qualifying Tournament, his first trip to finals in three attempts. Named Player of the Year on the Hooters Tour after finishing third on the money list and winning three times, at the Touchstone Energy Open in Greenville, NC; Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, OK; and Dothan (AL) Classic. 2003: Won the Canon U.S.A. Classic in West Palm Beach, FL on the Golden Bear Tour and finished ninth on the money list that year. Has also played the Canadian Tour.

Personal

Gave up golf after his sophomore year in high school after being a top junior player and did not pick it up again until almost 10 years later. Inspired by Payne Stewart's 1999 U.S. Open win at Pinehurst in his home state of North Carolina...An outdoor enthusiast who snowboards and rock climbs. Also spent some type heliboarding in Alaska. Lived out of his van in Montana for five years.

PGA TOUR Playoff Record

1-0

Other Information

After finishing 179th on the 2005 PGA TOUR money list in his rookie season, placed T9 at the Qualifying Tournament in December to regain his status for 2006. Lone top-10 was a T8 at the Michelin Championship at Las Vegas. Earned initial TOUR card by finishing T26 at the 2004 Qualifying Tournament, his first trip to finals in three attempts. Named 2004 Player of the Year on the Hooters Tour after finishing third on the money list and winning three times, at the Touchstone Energy Open in Greenville, NC; Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, OK; and Dothan (AL) Classic. Won the 2003 Canon U.S.A. Classic in West Palm Beach, FL on the Golden Bear Tour and finished ninth on the money list that year. Has also played the Canadian Tour. Is a professional kayaker.

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