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Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Mackenzie Hughes
Len Hochberg ranks the field for the season's first major. Justin Thomas, shooting for his second PGA Championship title, heads the list.
Len Hochberg recaps Jon Rahm's domination at the Memorial, which vaulted him to No. 1 in the world rankings.
Putting woes have masked Xander Schauffele's solid ball-striking as of late, but he lands among our value picks for the Arnold Palmer Invitational even in his Bay Hill debut.
Twenty-one-year-old Sungjae Im won his first PGA tour event Sunday, shooting a 4 under 66 to grab the win by one stroke over Mackenzie Hughes.
Justin Thomas was the most expensive player in the annual RotoWire staff golf auction, in a mild surprise over Brooks Koepka and Rory McIlroy, in a format that gives a guide for season-long leagues.
Past Fantasy Outlooks
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.
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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WD from 3M Open
Leads in SG: Putting in Ohio
Hughes closed with an even-par 72 in the final round of the Memorial Tournament to finish in a share of sixth place.
Won't play in Detroit
Strong finish leads to T3
Hughes carded a three-under 67 on Sunday at the Travelers Championship to finish tied for third.
Runner-up at PGA National
Hughes fired a four-under 66 in the final round of the Honda Classic to claim solo second place on Sunday.