JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Whether or not it was sheer confidence or exceptional resilience, Mackenzie Hughes by no means doubted he would win the Sanderson Farms Championship. He just in no way imagined how it would unfold Sunday evening.
Hughes, from Hamilton, Ont., had to make six vital putts on the remaining 7 holes — 4 of them for par — to outlast Sepp Straka of Vienna, Austria, on the 2nd playoff hole for his 2nd PGA Tour victory.
“The second 1 felt a good deal more difficult than the initially a person, that is for certain,” Hughes explained.
The 31-12 months-outdated Canadian renowned for his putter at last made birdie his 3rd time taking part in the 18th hole at the Country Club of Jackson, pouring in an 8-footer for the earn.
But this was as considerably about pars — the 15-footer on the par-5 14th, the 7-foot putt on the 16th soon after he could not reach the environmentally friendly from a fairway bunker, and two challenging par will save on the 18th hole from 100 feet guiding the inexperienced in regulation and from a bunker on the initially playoff gap.
“I kept telling myself the whole 7 days that I was going to do it. That was the only matter I noticed in my mind,” Hughes said. “Those par will save down the stretch, I was just attempting to will the ball into the hole.”
The to start with par help you save on the 18th gave him a 3-less than 69 to power a playoff from Straka, who performed two teams in advance of Hughes and shot 67 to submit at 17-less than 271.
On the next playoff gap, Straka missed from 18 toes on the fringe prior to Hughes produced the winning putt. It was the second time in his last 4 tournaments that Straka dropped in a playoff. The other was towards Will Zalatoris at the start out of the PGA Tour postseason.
“I played excellent golf on a challenging Sunday,” mentioned Straka, who picked up his initial PGA Tour title previously this yr at the Honda Traditional. “Giving you odds to win out in this article it vital. The additional you can do that, the much more relaxed you’ll be.”
For Hughes, it had been 6 decades considering the fact that his lone victory — also in a playoff — at Sea Island.
“I was battling like hell to stay in it,” Hughes claimed. “Finishing next, while it is really nonetheless terrific, it variety of stings when you might be that near. I just was not likely to accept that right now.”
The victory arrives a person week soon after the Presidents Cup, and Hughes was unhappy not to be incorporated on the Intercontinental group at Quail Hollow in Charlotte, North Carolina, exactly where he lives. He preferred to use that as enthusiasm, and it absolutely sure labored out that way.
Garrick Higgo of South Africa experienced a 68 and finished 3rd.
Straka took the guide by acquiring up-and-down for birdie on the par-5 14th and the reachable par-4 15th. He had to settle for pars the rest of the day.
Hughes experienced these scoring holes however to participate in, and he nearly squandered the chance. On the 14th, he was out of position off the tee, his wedge more than a tree again towards the fairway arrived up short in a bunker, he experienced to lay up all over again and escaped with a 15-foot par putt.
On the closing gap, he was well left off the tee and punched under a tree and above the green versus the grandstand. Soon after cost-free aid, he utilized putter from 100 ft away off the environmentally friendly with excellent pace to 3 feet for.
On the initial playoff gap at the 18th, Hughes came up small in a bunker with only about 15 ft from the edge of the bunker to the pin. He blasted out to 5 feet and built par.
That sent them again to the 18th for a 3rd time, and Hughes shut him out.
Mark Hubbard, who went into the final spherical with a one-shot guide, managed only two birdies in his spherical of 74 and tied for fifth.
The remaining spherical featured five gamers who experienced at least a share of the direct at some place. That incorporated Emiliano Grillo of Argentina, whose spherical arrived undone on the par-5 14th when he took a triple bogey with out a penalty shot.
Higgo never was section of the guide, though he lingered the total working day and missed an 8-foot birdie putt on the 17th that finally stored him out of the playoff.
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