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Canadian Hughes Punches Ticket To Masters With RSM Classic Win

It took a little longer than normal – pausing due to darkness to conclude what began as a five-man sudden-death playoff – but it ultimately worked out for PGA Tour rookie Mackenzie Hughes who won the RSM Classic Monday morning with a par on the third extra hole.

Hughes beat Camilo Villegas, Henrik Norlander and Blayne Barber who returned to the Seaside Course at Sea Island at 8 a.m. to resume a playoff that was halted due to darkness after two holes Sunday. Billy Horschel had already been eliminated from the playoff.

Resuming play at the par-3 17th in the morning chill, Hughes made a 15-foot par putt then watched as Villegas missed from five feet as the last player with a chance to extend the playoff.

“I made the putt of my life right there, downhill, breaking a little left to right. I don’t know how I made it but I did so I’m over the moon,” said Hughes, who graduated from the Tour this year.

Hughes had a 10-foot putt to win on the second extra hole late Sunday but missed, forcing the early restart Monday.

“It tough to sleep on last night and having a chance to win it, I’m not going to lie, it ate at me a little bit knowing I had 10-feet to win it and just get it over with then,” Hughes said.

For Barber and Norlander, the tie for second was the best finish of their PGA Tour careers.

With his win, the Dundas, Ontario, native Hughes wins a paycheck of more than $1 million, plus 500 FedEx Cup points and an invitation to the Masters.

Hughes attended college at Kent State University, turned pro in 2013, and played his way onto the PGA Tour via the Tour, where he earned one victory in 2016. He entered the week ranked 287th in the world.

Tied for sixth at the RSM Classic were Jamie Lovemark, Jim Furyk, Ollie Schniederjans, and Cheng Tsung Pan. CLICK FOR FULL SCOREBOARD


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