Third Round — PGA Tour — McGladrey Classic — Sea Island Resort Seaside Course — St. Simons Island, Georgia ––
Aging veterans made a move up the leader board Saturday at the PGA Tour’s McGladrey Classic.
Will MacKenzie, 40, used an ace at the par-3 6th hole to help close out with a 54-hole co-lead alongside 35-year-old Andrew Svoboda. Willie Mac shot 5-under-65 to reach 12-under overall. Svoboda, logged his third straight 66 at the Seaside Course at Sea Island Resort.
Overnight leader Russell Henley is alone in third place at 11-under and just a shot back.
Stewart Cink, the 2009 Open Championship victor who recently re-dedicated himself to the game, rallied to shoot 63 on Moving Day including a back-nine 31 (with a bogey). Cink jumped 37 places to a tied for fourth place alongside defending champion Chris Kirk and Brendon de Jonge.
Cink, 41, opened last week in Las Vegas with a 64 before slipping back with a second-round 75. At 66-to-1 odds to win this week at www.ladbrokes.com, Cink would be a popular champion and could jump-start a solid run in his 40s.
MacKenzie, 118th in the Official World Golf Ranking, is the longest shot atop the leader board, as he opened the week at 200-1 betting odds. He was Hot-n-Cold last season on tour logging four Top 10s in a seven-week period including a runner-up at the Valero Texas Open. But, he then missed 10 of 11 cuts during one stretch.
Svoboda, an 80-1 selection to start the week at ladbrokes.com, might be the wild card heading into Sunday. He managed six birdies against a double bogey in round three. He was runner-up in New Orleans at the Zurich earlier this year.
Look for drama to headline the back-nine Sunday with Kirk perhaps becoming the first player to defend a title in recent memory on the PGA Tour.
Other Golf News:
- Jessica Korda, who has two LPGA Tour victories in 2014, co-leads the Blue Bay LPGA at 11-under alongside Lee-Anne Pace heading into the final round in China. Korda, Pace and Chella Choi play in the final group of the weather-shortened event. Michelle Wie, No. 6 in the Rolex Ranking, is just two back with Shanshan Feng and Brittany Lang.
- Marco Dawson (12-under) leads Woody Austin by a shot at the AT&T Championship on the Champions Tour through two rounds. Overnight co-leader John Cook shot 72 and slipped back. Charles Schwab Cup standings leader Bernhard Langer carded a 66 to move to within five of the lead.
- Thorbjorn Olesen (16-under) takes a three-shot into the final round of the ISPS Handa Perth International. The 24-year-old entered the week as a 33-1 betting selection.
- Korda was an 80-1 selection heading into China this week. Feng, who is from China, was the outright favorite at 6-1. She is just two back and won in China last season at the Reignwood Classic in October. She also won two tournaments ago in Malaysia.