Willie Mack III’s Inspiring Road to the PGA Tour

Willie Mack III
Willie Mack III smiles during an interview following the first round of an APGA Tour event on the Slammer & Squire Course at World Golf Village on July 9, 2020 in Saint Augustine, Florida. (Photo by Keyur Khamar/PGA TOUR via Getty Images)

February is Black History Month, and because the PGA Tour is not exactly overflowing with Black golfers, the media spotlight is forced to shine on players who aren’t even tour regulars.

Meet Willie Mack III, a 32-year old mini-tour grinder, who will tee it up in this week’s Genesis Invitational:

“Ahead of this week’s Genesis Invitational, one of the most intriguing storylines is that of Willie Mack III, whose route to the PGA Tour has been anything but plain sailing,” pens Andy Wright in Golf Monthly.

“Having won the money list on the Florida Professional Golf Tour and reached the second stage of Q-School straight out of University in 2011, Mack’s pro career got off to a promising start.”

Mack then describes a little bit of his journey, highlighted by his financial struggles.

“It started out pretty good that first year and I kind of got into a little groove of maybe this is easy,” Mack said. “Then the next two or three years after that, it was a struggle.

“I left home that summer and I told my dad I was going to go to Florida.

“I had no money and it just turned into a hassle and a struggle, but I kept fighting and I’m here today.”

Read the full feature at Golf Monthly

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