Mackenzie Hughes
2018–19 Fantasy Outlook
It's not uncommon for a golfer, especially a young one, to take a step back after a breakthrough season. But what happened to Hughes was more than a step back - it was akin to falling down a flight of stairs. The Canadian had a win and eight other top-25s in 2016-17. In 2017-18, he had only three top-25s and missed way more than half his cuts (17-of-28). Hughes is entering his age-28 season, so he arrived to the Tour rather late, which makes a reversal less likely. Another wait-and-see recommendation. Read Past Outlooks
Records first top-10 of season
July 30, 2018
Hughes shot a four-under 68 in the final round of the RBC Canadian Open to finish in a tie for eighth place.
Hughes got off to a brilliant start on Sunday with birdies on four of his first seven holes. He was in position to shoot a very low round with Glen Abbey's back-nine up next that features three gettable par-5's. It wasn't to be, however, as the Canadian made just two birdies to two bogeys over the final 11 holes. Hughes finished top-15 in both SG: Approach and SG: Putting this week, but lost strokes off the tee and hit just 50 percent of the fairways. After missing the cut in 16 of his first 21 starts on the PGA Tour this season, the 27-year-old has made the weekend in his last five starts with top-16's in three of those. Hughes is in the field for the Barracuda Championship.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Hughes got off to a fast start last season by winning the RSM Classic in November, but the rest of the season was a struggle. Hughes managed only one additional top-10 for the remainder of the season, which could be indicative of his talent or his state of mind. The latter is probably more likely as it's not uncommon for young golfers who win, to let up for a bit. Hughes is a tricky call though because his number is low enough to show great improvement this season, yet high enough that it requires a decent commitment. There is plenty of upside with Hughes, but his 2017 performance wasn't strong enough to justify his selection in a salary cap format.
Hughes got into the winner's circle this year at the Price Cutter Charity Championship in August, shooting a Saturday 64 to help propel him up the leaderboard. He added two other top-10s, leading the Canadian to the PGA Tour for 2016-17. He missed nine cuts in 23 starts, which is concerning, not helped by his 111st-place ranking in driving accuracy and 67th place in greens in regulation. But he has a strong putter, ranking 17th, and that will help take his game to new heights if he can hit more fairways and greens.
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Records best finish of season at Greenbrier
July 9, 2018
Hughes posted his best finish of the season with his T13 on Sunday at the Greenbrier Classic.
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Will tee it up at The Old White TPC
July 2, 2018
Hughes (undisclosed) is listed in the field for this week's Military Tribute at The Greenbrier.
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Backs out of Quicken Loans National
June 27, 2018
Hughes withdrew from the Quicken Loans National earlier in the week due to an undisclosed reason, Rob Bolton of reports.
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Misses cut after strong opening round
June 11, 2018
Hughes missed the cut after an eventful five-over 75 in the second round at the FedEx St. Jude Classic.
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Best finish of season
May 29, 2018
Hughes shot a final round one-under 69 on Sunday at the Fort Worth Invitational to finish in a tie for 42nd place.
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