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Willie Mack III holes long birdie in playoff for APGA win at Queen’s Harbour

Willie Mack III
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Sam Burns wasn't the only one to win a tournament with a lengthy birdie putt on the second playoff hole. 

Willie Mack III canned a 40-footer — roughly 8 feet longer than Burns' at the Valspar Championship — Tuesday to win the APGA Queen’s Harbour Championship.

Mack bogeyed his final hole in regulation to fall into a playoff with Tommy Schaff, who had the day's lowest round, shooting 3-under 69. Mack missed the green on the first playoff hole, but got up and down for par.  Schaff missed a short putt that would have notched him the victory. Mack then capitalized on his second chance and emerged victorious with his mother in the gallery. 

"Last time she came, I won, so maybe she needs to be out here more often,” Mack said to following his win. 

Mack, 33, is the reigning APGA Player of the Year. In 2021, the Flint native received the Charlie Sifford Memorial Exemption from the Tiger Woods Foundation at the Genesis Invitational. Later that year, he made his first PGA Tour cut in his home state at the Rocket Mortgage Classic and then did it again the next week at the John Deere Classic. 

Mack's last Tour start came in November at Mayakoba, where he missed the cut. Just before that, Mack was two shots short of getting through the second stage of Korn Ferry Tour qualifying

He'll have another shot at an APGA win when the tour heads to PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Florida on April 2.