Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Hole-in-One Gives MacKenzie Share of Lead; He's Tied with Svoboda after Three Rounds of McGladrey Classic

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Hole-in-One Gives MacKenzie Share of Lead; He's Tied with Svoboda after Three Rounds of McGladrey Classic

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Byline: Garry Smits

ST. SIMONS ISLAND | Will MacKenzie would have liked a proper heads-up from a handful of fans behind the sixth green of the Sea Island Club Seaside Course during Saturday's third round of the McGladrey Classic.

It might have made his third career PGA Tour hole-in-one more enjoyable.

The trajectory of MacKenzie's tee shot when it slammed against the stick 3 feet from the ground made it impossible for him to see if the ball had gone into the hole. When he heard little in the way of fan reaction, he was prepared for the worst as he walked to the green.

"I heard like one clap up there and I'm like, 'Oh yeah, good job ... sorry you hit the pin and it's back in the collection area," said the outgoing two-time PGA Tour winner and avid extreme-sports participant. "Is there water up there? It could have ricocheted into the water. It hit hard."

MacKenzie got all the way to the green, thought a ball 20 feet from the hole was his (it was playing partner Mark Wilson's) and was then told matter-of-factly by a fan that his ball went in - from 174 yards out, with an 8-iron.

"It was the most anti-climatic hole-in-one ... the most boring hole-in-one ever," he said.

But it still counted for a 1. And by the day's end, it was the difference in MacKenzie (65) tying Andrew Svoboda (66) for the lead at 12-under-par 198.

Both are a stroke ahead of 36-hole leader Russell Henley (68), who fell out of a share at the top by making the only bogey of the day at the toothless par-5 15th u the easiest on the course at an average of 4.4 strokes this week.

It also was Henley's first bogey in 31 holes.

"Going out there with the lead and [shooting] 68 ... I could have done better," Henley said.

Defending champion Chris Kirk (66) and 2009 Open champion Stewart Cink are among five players tied for fourth at 9 under. …

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