The opportunity to prepare properly for a tournament obviously agreed with David McKenzie who has finished in a share of third at the PGA TOUR Champions Rapiscan Systems Classic in Missouri.

The event was McKenzie’s fourth start of the season but the first time he was not on the alternates list in the lead up to the week and he finally produced the sort of golf that earned him a place on the Tour last year.

Rounds of 69-71-69 were good for a 7-under total and a four way share of third, the result good not only for his confidence but also his prospects for next year.

He moved 38 places up the Charles Schwab Cup standings, the over 50’s equivalent of the FedEx Cup which is used to determine exemptions for next season.

McKenzie was 68th to start the week but is now 30th, the magic number at the end of the season in awarding cards for 2019.

It was an impressive final round from McKenzie who opened with a bogey at the par-5 first but refused to wilt.

He made an eagle at the par-5 6th and two more birdies to the turn to get to 3-under for the day and well in the mix.

However, he couldn’t find any more birdies on the journey to the clubhouse and with nine straight pars finished one shot behind Billy Andrade and four behind Stricker in a four way tie for third.