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July 9 2011

5:14 PM

A key week for MacKenzie

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Will MacKenzie is on pace for his best TOUR finish of the year.

After enjoying full status on the PGA TOUR from 2005-10, Will MacKenzie is on the outside looking in this year, making just his eighth TOUR start this week at the John Deere Classic.

But the way he’s playing now could change things.

MacKenzie, a two-time winner on TOUR, is 4 under for his round Saturday after bogeying the par-4 15th. That has him T15 on the leaderboard, rare air for the 36-year-old this season. In his previous seven TOUR starts his best finish is T50 at Puerto Rico in March.

MacKenzie has made six Nationwide Tour starts this year with only one finish higher than 35th, a T4 at the BMW Charity Pro-Am.

A big week at John Deere would not only help him get closer to full status for next year, it would be good momentum going into the Viking Classic – which MacKenzie won in 2008.

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