Mackenzie Hughes
Mackenzie Hughes
28-Year-Old Golfer
2018–19 Fantasy Outlook
It's not uncommon for a golfer, especially a young one, to take a step back after a breakthrough season. But what happened to Hughes was more than a step back - it was akin to falling down a flight of stairs. The Canadian had a win and eight other top-25s in 2016-17. In 2017-18, he had only three top-25s and missed way more than half his cuts (17-of-28). Hughes is entering his age-28 season, so he arrived to the Tour rather late, which makes a reversal less likely. Another wait-and-see recommendation. Read Past Outlooks
T2 in Punta Cana
April 1, 2019
Hughes fired a six-under 66 on Sunday at the Corales Championship to finish 17-under and tied for second.
Hughes fell just one stroke shy of champion Graeme McDowell due to a bogey on the par-four 18th, but the Canadian has now gone T2-T13 in his last two starts. Hughes racked up 25 birdies and ranked third among the field in putts per GIR as well. He'll tee it up again this week at the Valero Texas Open after missing the cut at TPC San Antonio each of the past two seasons.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Hughes got off to a fast start last season by winning the RSM Classic in November, but the rest of the season was a struggle. Hughes managed only one additional top-10 for the remainder of the season, which could be indicative of his talent or his state of mind. The latter is probably more likely as it's not uncommon for young golfers who win, to let up for a bit. Hughes is a tricky call though because his number is low enough to show great improvement this season, yet high enough that it requires a decent commitment. There is plenty of upside with Hughes, but his 2017 performance wasn't strong enough to justify his selection in a salary cap format.
Hughes got into the winner's circle this year at the Price Cutter Charity Championship in August, shooting a Saturday 64 to help propel him up the leaderboard. He added two other top-10s, leading the Canadian to the PGA Tour for 2016-17. He missed nine cuts in 23 starts, which is concerning, not helped by his 111st-place ranking in driving accuracy and 67th place in greens in regulation. But he has a strong putter, ranking 17th, and that will help take his game to new heights if he can hit more fairways and greens.
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Grabs best finish of season
March 25, 2019
Hughes posted rounds of 70-72-68-71 this week to take home a tie for 13th place at the Valspar Championship.
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T29 at Torrey Pines
January 28, 2019
Hughes closed with a two-under 70 in the final round of the Farmers Insurance Open to finish in a tie for 29th place.
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Records first top-10 of season
July 30, 2018
Hughes shot a four-under 68 in the final round of the RBC Canadian Open to finish in a tie for eighth place.
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Records best finish of season at Greenbrier
July 9, 2018
Hughes posted his best finish of the season with his T13 on Sunday at the Greenbrier Classic.
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Will tee it up at The Old White TPC
July 2, 2018
Hughes (undisclosed) is listed in the field for this week's Military Tribute at The Greenbrier.
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