Third-Round Notes – The McGladrey Classic 2014

Weather: Sunny. High of 74. Winds NE 5-10 mph.

Third-Round Leaderboard

Andrew Svoboda 66-66-66—198 (-12)
Will MacKenzie 65-68-65—198 (-12) (Pictured by Getty Images)
Russell Henley 68-63-68—199 (-11)
Five Players at 201 (-9)

54-Hole Cut

Eighty-eight players at even-par 140 from a field of 132 professionals made the 36-hole cut. With more than 78 players making the 36-hole cut, another cut to the low 70 and ties took place following the third round, with 71 players at 1-under 209 or better advancing to the final round.

UGA Notes
There are currently five former University of Georgia stars ranked T20 or better, including Russell Henley (3rd), Chris Kirk (T4), Hudson Swafford (T12), Kevin Kisner (T12) and Brendon Todd (T20). They are attempting to follow in the footsteps of fellow former Bulldog and 2013-14 McGladrey Classic winner Chris Kirk.

The only Georgia Bulldog alums to win the same PGA TOUR event in back-to-back seasons are Chip Beck (1988) and Tim Simpson (1989) at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

Last year University of Georgia graduates won eight events on TOUR; Chris Kirk (2), Bubba Watson (2), Russell Henley, Harris English, Brendon Todd and Brian Harman. Patrick Reed, who played one year at Georgia, won twice.

There have been 10 former Georgia Bulldogs win on the PGA TOUR, led by six-time winner Bubba Watson.

Will MacKenzie

Making his 200th career start on the PGA TOUR, Will MacKenzie carded his third round in the 60s this week (65-68-65) and enters the final round tied for the lead with Andrew Svoboda at 12-under 198.

MacKenzie at The McGladrey Classic: 2010/T59, 2011/MC, 2013/MC.

Last year, MacKenzie shot rounds of 66-79 to miss the cut at The McGladrey Classic.

MacKenzie is coming off one of his best seasons on TOUR with a career-best five top 10s and a career-best finish in the FedExCup standings (No. 65).

MacKenzie turned in a career-best five top 10s last season, but he has not had one since March at the Valero Texas Open (T2). He missed his next eight cuts and 11 of 14 after finishing a career-best T2 at the Valero Texas Open.

MacKenzie had an ace on the par-3 sixth hole Saturday with an 8-iron 174 yards, marking the second ace in tournament history. Mark Anderson aced the par-3 third hole earlier this week. He is seeking to become the first player to make a hole-in-one and go on to win the same tournament since Steve Stricker at the 2011 Memorial Tournament.

MacKenzie now has three aces on the PGA TOUR: 2008 Waste Management Phoenix Open, 2010 FedEx St. Jude Classic and 2014 McGladrey Classic.

As the Official Mortgage Sponsor of the PGA TOUR, Quicken Loans will award one year’s worth of mortgage payments to Jerry Crabtree (Bloomington, IL) to commemorate MacKenzie’s ace. The Quicken Loans’ Hole-In-One Sweepstakes awards one year’s worth of mortgage payments to a randomly selected entrant for every ace during official PGA TOUR events for the remainder of the 2014 calendar year. Throughout the sweepstakes, and regardless of how many hole-in-ones are made, Quicken Loans will also randomly select a total of 60 entrants to receive a monthly mortgage payment on their home.

MacKenzie’s ace is already the fifth of the 2014-15 PGA TOUR season. Last season the fifth ace on TOUR did not come until the Zurich Classic of New Orleans in late April.

MacKenzie is seeking his third PGA TOUR victory: 2006 Barracuda Championship, 2008 Sanderson Farms Championship.

MacKenzie’s only other lead going into the final round on the PGA TOUR came at the 2006 Barracuda Championship where he carried a share of the lead on to victory.

Andrew Svoboda

Andrew Svoboda posted a third-consecutive 4-under 66 and enters the final round of The McGladrey Classic in a tie for the lead with Will MacKenzie at 12-under 198.

Svoboda is making his second start at The McGladrey Classic, posting rounds of 68-75 last year to miss the cut.

Svoboda is making his 49th TOUR start, with a T2 at the 2014 Zurich Classic of New Orleans his best finish.

Tommy Gainey is the only player to record his first TOUR win at the McGladrey Classic.

This marks Svoboda’s first lead on the PGA TOUR. Last week, he was T3 after 54 holes at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. He went on to card a 73 to finish T18.

Russell Henley
One day after equaling his career-best round on the PGA TOUR with a 7-under 63, Russell Henley followed with a 2-under 68 and will enter the final round in solo-third place at 11-under 199.

Henley is making his first start of the season. His first PGA TOUR victory at the 2013 Sony Open in Hawaii also came in his first start of the season (professional debut on TOUR as well).

Henley owns two victories on the PGA TOUR (2013 Sony Open in Hawaii, 2014 Honda Classic).

Earlier this week, Henley played guitar on stage with Darius Rucker at The McGladrey Classic’s annual “Live Under the Oaks” concert event. He joined the country music superstar on his next-to-last song of the night – “Wagon Wheel”.

Henley is coming off of a season which featured 17 made cuts in 29 starts, including top-10 finishes at The Honda Classic (1st), Deutsche Bank Championship (T2) and the Shell Houston Open (T7). He finished the season a career-best 19th in the FedExCup.

Russell finished T65 in his inaugural McGladrey Classic start in 2013, with rounds of 69-71-71-73.

Miscellaneous Notes

Stewart Cink equaled his career-best round on the PGA TOUR with a 7-under 63. It marks the fifth time he has posted a 63, with the most recent coming on the Nicklaus Course during the second round of the 2014 Humana Challenge. He’ll enter the final round at 9-under 201 and trailing the leaders by three strokes.

Defending McGladrey Classic champion Chris Kirk continues to improve each day, posting rounds of 68-67-66 and is T4 through three rounds. Last year he shot rounds of 66-66-68-66.

One week after a T33 at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open (which included a share of the second-round lead), Andrew Putnam enters the final round of The McGladrey Classic at T4 and three strokes behind the leaders.

Fabian Gomez posted a third-round 2-under 68, but struggled with three consecutive bogeys to conclude his round. He sits T4 through three rounds.

At T4, Brendon de Jonge is in good shape for his fourth top-20 finish in five starts at The McGladrey Classic (T15-2010, T60-2011, T4-2012, T16-2013).

Shriners Hospitals for Children Open champion Ben Martin is back in contention, posting a third-round 5-under 65 to move to T12.

Tournament host and “Team McGladrey” member Davis Love II posted a third-round even-par 70 and is currently T68. Since the event’s 2010 inception, Love finished T33/2010, MC/2011, T4/2012 and MC/2013-14.

Through the first two events, Tony Finau is the highest ranked rookie in the FedExCup standings at No. 10 (144 points). Finau is currently T27 after turning in rounds of 71-67-67.

Bogey-free rounds:

R1: Mark Wilson (67), Chris Kirk (68)
R2: Brendon de Jonge (64), Justin Leonard (65), Fabian Gomez (66), Bill Haas (66), Charles Howell III (66), Justin Thomas (66), William McGirt (67), Johnson Wagner (69)
R3: Sean O’Hair (64), Hudson Swafford (66), David Toms (67), Aaron Baddeley (66), Jerry Kelly (69),

Scoring Averages at the par-70 Seaside Course:

Front 9 Back 9 Total Cumulative
R1: 34.864 35.000 69.864 —
R2: 34.878 34.786 69.664 69.764
R3: 34.227 34.693 68.921 69.553

The cumulative scoring average in 2012 was 69.281 and in 2013-14 it was 70.255.

McGladrey LLP, the leading U.S. provider of assurance, tax and consulting services focused on the middle market, which has sponsored The McGladrey Classic since its inception in 2010, announced Wednesday that they have extended their sponsor commitment by five years, through 2020.

Source: PGA TOUR


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