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August 21 2010

8:11 PM

MacKenzie in the mix

Prior to Saturday, the last time Will MacKenzie put together three rounds in the 60s was at The Honda Classic in March. That tie for 12th also remains his best of the year.

will.mackenzie.interview But the Greenville, N.C., native fired a 65 in the third round of the Wyndham Championship to move to 13 under. MacKenzie was three off the pace being set by Arjun Atwal when he finished.

MacKenzie, one of the more eclectic players on the PGA TOUR, is in the final year of his two-year exemption for winning the 2008 Viking Classic. So he needs some good finishes to keep his card.

"I guess the guys could get to 16 or 18 under or something, but I still have a chance, somewhere in there where if I shot like a great round tomorrow I possibly could win the golf tournament," MacKenzie said.

"I haven't had that chance all year. It's always inspiring. Hopefully I can stay with that nice flow I've got. I'm hitting it good enough probably to even make more birdies so hopefully I can get it done tomorrow."

MacKenzie, an outdoorsman who snowboards and rock climbs, said you can't be afraid to go low.

"It's one of those things," MacKenzie said. "I'm keeping an eye on the head guys just to know like how low they're going. But .. if you're not shooting 5 under today you're toast.  That's just the way it is. It's too soft out there."

The Wyndham Championship, in some ways, would be a major to MacKenzie. His best finish at the tournament came in 2007, the final year it was held at Forest Oaks Country Club.

"To win here or Charlotte, one day, it would mean the world to the few fans I have here in North Carolina and my family and to me, especially, to win a home state event," he said. "... It's nice to be in the mix, you know, coming down on Sunday." – Helen Ross

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