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The Tour Report

October 12 2013

6:33 PM

MacKenzie's plan paying off

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Will MacKenzie, who regained his TOUR card at the Tour Finals, shot 64 on Saturday at the Open.

By Sean Martin, PGATOUR.COM

SAN MARTIN, Calif. – Will MacKenzie needed a plan to get back to the PGA TOUR. He put one in place in the 2012 offseason when he started working with instructor Jeff Leishman. MacKenzie is back on TOUR this season after earning his card at the Tour Finals, and off to a good start in the season-opening event.

MacKenzie birdied his final two holes Saturday to shoot 64 and post 10-under 203 (69-70-64) and put himself in the top 10 when he finished play. “I figured if I played well and got some putts to go in I could shoot 6 or 7 (under par) and that would get me to feel like I’m in it,” MacKenzie said.

MacKenzie, a two-time TOUR winner, played the Tour in 2013 and played just six PGA TOUR events in 2012.

“I wasn’t working on the right stuff probably, and I just kind of lost my work ethic,” MacKenzie said. “I feel like I’m doing the right things now. We have a plan. I need a plan, because otherwise I'll just search.”

MacKenzie earned his TOUR card with a runner-up finish at the Chiquita Classic, the second event of the Tour Finals, and consecutive 22nd-place finishes at the next two events, the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship and Tour Championship.

“It means I was working hard on the right things and I started playing better and playing more consistent,” MacKenzie said of regaining his TOUR card. 

He's one of four 2013 Tour graduates who is T-7 after 54 holes. Ben Martin, Ryo Ishikawa and Jim Herman also are at 10-under 203.

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