For the second week in a row, Dundas’ Mackenzie Hughes is the top Canadian on the PGA Tour Canada.
Hughes, 22, earned his best finish yet in his first season as a professional golfer with a second place tie, two strokes behind the winner, Sunday afternoon.
The Highland Secondary School and Kent State University graduate shot rounds of 65, 66, 68 and 67 to finish 18-under-par at the Wildfire Invitational near Peterborough, Ontario.
Hughes nearly mastered the course’s four par five holes – scoring one eagle, 10 birdies and four pars on par five’s over the tournament’s four rounds. His only real blemish on the big scoring holes was a single bogey – on the final hole of the third round.
The performance moved Hughes up from 25th place on the tour’s money list to 12 place. The top five players on the PGA Tour Canada receive Web.Com tour cards – the only route onto the PGA Tour.
Hughes earned $13,200 for the second place tie to increase his total PGA Tour Canada winnings this season to $25,114.29
After the third round Saturday, Hughes said he “played pretty flawless golf until 18.”
He had four birdies and 13 pars leading up to the final hole of the round. Hughes had only one bogey on Sunday again, but mixed in five birdies – including a birdie on the final hole.
The second place tie is Hughes’ third top-10 – and second in a row – on the PGA Tour Canada this season. He has also been playing the egolf Tour in the United States in his first full season as a professional.