Canadian Mackenzie Hughes wins on the PGA Tour

A clutch up-and-down, chip and putt in a playoff has made rookie Mackenzie Hughes Canada’s latest winner on the PGA Tour.

The 25-year-old from Dundas, Ont. finished off a five-man playoff on Monday morning, rolling in a 18-foot par putt to win the RSM Classic in Sea Island, Ga.

The two-time Canadian Amateur champion continued his rise in the golf world and with a win gets a three-year exemption on the world’s most lucrative professional tour as well as an invitation to the 2017 Masters.

The 72-hole tournament ended in a five-man tie late Sunday afternoon and two playoff holes were contested before darkness fell. With four players remaining, each missed the green on the Par 3 17th as play resumed at 8 a.m. on Monday.

But Hughes, chipping from behind the green, left his approach on the fringe before draining his third shot with a putter. Moments later, after Blayne Barber, Camilo Villegas and Henrik Norlander each missed, Hughes was a winner.

Celebrating with a fist pump on the chilly morning air, Hughes collected $1 million US for the win as he became the 13th Canadian to claim a victory on the PGA Tour

Hughes, who fired a 61 in Thursday’s opening round, will turn 26 on Wednesday and was playing in just his 9th Tour event and fifth of the wraparound 2017 season.

Article Written by Rob Longley of The Toronto Sun