Will MacKenzie fired a hole-in-one at the par-three sixth hole during the third round of the PGA Tour’s McGladrey Classic in Georgia.
The American signed for a round of 65 on Saturday to take a share of the lead into the final round alongside Andrew Svoboda. The duo are on 12-under par with Russell Henley one shot adrift in third spot.
MacKenzie holed a monster birdie putt on the closing hole, something he feels will prove crucial going into the final round.
“It was huge,” MacKenzie said. “It was necessary because even though I put myself up here in contention, I was still making these mistakes … I was a little jumpy. So that was huge to make that bomb.”
MacKenzie is 2.00 to outscore Svoboda (1.82) in their final round two-ball on Sunday.
Svoboda has posted just three top ten finishes in his PGA Tour career to date and shot a final round 73 at last week’s Shriners Open to drop from the penultimate group to T18 spot – something he hopes will stand him in good stead now.
“Last week was a learning lesson,” Svoboda said. “Hopefully this week I can be a little more comfortable on Sunday and execute my shots and continue to putt really well.”
Henley meanwhile showed he has the nerve for a Sunday shootout when he overhauled Rory McIlroy in a four-way playoff to win the Honda classic in March.
Chasing his third tour victory on Sunday, Henley is 4.00 to win the McGladrey Classic.