Mackenzie Hughes

Mackenzie Hughes

33-Year-Old Golfer
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2024 Fantasy Outlook
Hughes' past two seasons have been nearly identical in that he played very well during the fall and did little else during the rest of the season. He also made just 55% of his cuts in each season, which is ideal. Hit cuts made percentage is low to begin with, now factor in that a lot of the cuts made came during the fall and you have a bleak picture of Jan-Aug. There is no wrap-around schedule this year, so in leagues that end in August, Hughes doesn't hold much value. Read Past Outlooks
Unable to challenge on Sunday
June 3, 2024
Hughes fell into a tie for seventh place at the RBC Canadian Open after managing only an even-par 70 in the final round.
ANALYSIS
Hughes grew up within 30 minutes of Hamilton and was in position heading into Sunday to make it back-to-back Canadian winners of their national open. He got off to a fast start at three-under through the first six holes, but just couldn't buy anything coming home. Hughes failed to make a birdie on the final 12 holes and added three bogeys to fall to T7. It was another brilliant putting week as he gained nearly eight shots with the flat stick, but was outside the top-40 in both SG: Off-the-Tee and SG: Approach. Hughes will tee it up at the Memorial Tournament.
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9 days ago
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Weekly PGA Recap: MacIntyre Catches Fire
10 days ago
Thanks to a red-hot putter, Robert MacIntyre took down the RBC Canadian Open and picked up the first victory of his PGA Tour career.
Read The Line Betting Breakdown: RBC Canadian Open
15 days ago
Keith Stewart of Read the Line breaks down the board for the RBC Canadian Open and explains why he expects Mackenzie Hughes to make a mark in his home country.
Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Hughes hasn't won since his rookie season of 2016-2017, but he's managed to put together some solid seasons since then, including this past season. Hughes made the cut in 16 of 27 starts and finished inside the top-25 in half of the starts where he made the cut. He lacked the high end finishes, but that's been an issue his entire career. He'll need to find more top-10s in order to significantly improve upon his numbers from this past season, but there are no indications that he'll do that this year. As such, he's not a good salary cap candidate this season.
Hughes once again rode his trusty putter to a very solid season. He had a very tough stretch in May that saw him miss five straight cuts, but starting with a T15 at the U.S. Open he made every weekend the rest of the season. Ball-striking will always remain the question with the Canadian who finished outside the top 170 in both SG:Off-the-Tee and SG: Approach.
Hughes had an up and down season last year, recording three finishes inside the top-six, but also missing double digit cuts. The Canadian really struggled ball-striking wise, but his short game was on point finishing top-20 in both SG: Around and SG: Putting. Hughes just hasn't been a good ball striker in his whole career on Tour, which makes him harder to trust. Some high finishes were enough to get him into the Tour Championship, which in turn will get him into virtually all the big events next season.
Hughes had a strong start to his PGA Tour career with a win and over $2.3 million in earnings during his rookie season, but something happened during his Sophomore season as he managed just over $500k in earnings. Perhaps the specter of his exemption running out last season lit a fire underneath him because his play definitely improved. It didn't improve enough to make him a "must-have" for salary cap purposes, but he should definitely be considered in that format.
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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Makes big move on Sunday
May 12, 2024
Hughes climbed all the way into a tie for sixth place at the Wells Fargo Championship after a five-under 66 on Sunday.
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Secures T41 finish in Texas
May 8, 2024
Hughes shot a 13-under 64 in The CJ CUP Byron Nelson to finish in a tie for the 41st spot.
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Goes low for final round in Houston
April 1, 2024
Hughes fired a five-under 65 in the final round of the Houston Open to finish in a tie for 11th place.
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Putts his way to T3
March 24, 2024
Hughes finished in a share of third place at the Valspar Championship after shooting a one-under 70 in the final round.
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Ties for 30th in Orlando
March 12, 2024
Hughes carded an even-par 72 on Sunday at the Arnold Palmer Invitational to finish one-over and tied for 30th.
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