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October 9 2011

12:00 AM

Renner, MacKenzie set course record

By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM

SAN MARTIN, Calif. -- Earlier in the day Tiger Woods said there was a 62 or 63 possible at CordeValle today. Well, Jim Renner and Will MacKenzie just proved him right.

Renner made 10 birdies and one bogey on his way to setting a course record Saturday. A big reason why: He had 13 one-putts, including eight on the front nine (his second nine holes of the day). It also helped that Renner hit 11 of 14 fairways and 13 of 18 greens in regulation.

As for MacKenzie, he had nine birdies, an eagle and two bogeys after hitting all but one green in regulation.

“It was a big change of events considering from 7:30 to 8:30 I was sweating it out to see if I was even going to play today,” said Renner, who made the cut on the number at 1 over through his first two rounds. The second round was completed early Saturday. “It’s more or less just a relief to get to come out here and play.”

Renner’s iron play was also very good -- his average approach shot distance to the pin was just inside 28 feet (second in the field) and he leads the field in distance of putts made for the week.

And at 159th on the money list with just two top-10s in 19 starts -- he missed the cut in 10 of them -- it couldn’t have come at a better time as Renner tries to secure his card for next year. MacKenzie at 210th on the money list is in a more precarious position.

“That’s what I was  kind of holding onto this morning,” he said. “I kind of felt like my game was heading in the right direction. To think that I was just going to miss the cut by one was just obviously not what you would like. It’s nice that I played a good round today and hopefully throw a good one at them tomorrow.”

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