Mackenzie Hughes Biography

Mackenzie Hughes is a Canadian golfer who competes professionally and was born on November 23, 1990.

 

Early life and amateur career 

The city of Hamilton, in Ontario, is where Hughes was born. He attended Kent State University and received his degree there. He was the champion of the Canadian Amateur Championship in both 2011 and 2012.

In 2011, Hughes held the top spot in the Canadian Amateur rankings. During the years 2008, 2011, and 2012, he competed for Team Canada as a member of the National Squad.

 

 

Professional career

 

In 2012, Hughes made the transition from amateur to professional status and went on to compete on the PGA Tour Canada and the eGolf Professional Tour. Both in 2012 and 2013, he participated in the Canadian Open but was eliminated before the cutoff.

Hughes won a playoff at his sectional qualifying site in June 2013, which allowed him to advance to the U.S. Open and compete there. His first victory on a professional circuit came in 2013 at the Cape Breton Celtic Classic, which was held by PGA Tour Canada. After going on to win the 2013 PGA Tour Canada Order of Merit, he was awarded a card for the 2014 Web.com Tour and was granted a full exemption because he led the money list. In twenty competitions, Hughes finished in the top seven only seven times, which was not good enough to maintain any status. After competing on the PGA Tour Canada in 2015, he competed in Q School in order to achieve status on the Web.com Tour for the 2016 season. He made his way onto the PGA Tour for the 2016–17 season by virtue of his victory in the Price Cutter Charity Championship, which took place in August of 2016.

Hughes became the first Canadian-born golfer to win on the PGA Tour since Nick Taylor at the 2014 Sanderson Farms Championship. He also became the first to win a non-alternate event since Mike Weir at the 2007 Fry’s Electronics Open. Hughes won the RSM Classic in November 2016, in his fifth start as a member on the PGA Tour. In addition to that, he was the first rookie to win wire-to-wire in more than 20 years, which happened to be Tim Herron at the 1996 Honda Classic.

At the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am in 2017, he finished in 10th place. At The Players Championship in 2017, he finished in 16th place. And at the Dell Technologies Championship in 2017, he finished in 13th place.

In March of 2019, Hughes competed in the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship on the PGA Tour. He finished in a tie for second place. He came in second place, one stroke behind the winner, Graeme McDowell.

Hughes finished in second place at The Honda Classic in March of 2020, one stroke behind the winner I’m Sung-Jae.

Over the weekend, he had a perfect score of 66.66. Following his performance at the Travelers Championship in June, where he finished in a tie for third place, he broke into the top 100 of the global rankings for the first time.

At the 2021 U.S. Open, Hughes was in first place after the third round and finished tied for fifteenth. Additionally, he was tied for sixth at the 2021 Open Championship, which is the greatest finish ever achieved by a Canadian at The Open Championship. He was also in the mix at the 2022 Open Championship.

Hughes defeated Sepp Straka in a playoff to win the Sanderson Farms Championship on the PGA Tour in October 2022. This victory gave Hughes his second career PGA Tour victory.

 

Amateur wins 

  • 2010 Fireline Towson Invitational, Bank of Tennessee
  • 2011 Canadian Amateur, Glencoe Invitational, Mid-American Conference Championship
  • 2012 Canadian Amateur