PGA Tour: Hughes shot 62 to finish 2nd
NS. SIMONS, Ga. –
Canada’s Mackenzie Hughes saved his best for the final game, but was narrowly defeated.
Hughes of Dundas, Ont., finished with an 8 under 62 on Sunday at the RSM Classic to finish in second, three strokes behind US winner Talor Gooch.
Gooch won his first PGA Tour title with an overall result of 6 under 64 at Sea Island.
But Hughes was right there with him.
“I knew today would be asking for the lowest and if you told me I would shoot 62, I think I might have been pretty close,” Hughes said. “But obviously Taylor played great this week and deserved to win.”
Hughes, who won the tournament in 2016, rose from the group ahead of Gooch with four birdies on his last six holes, capped by a 20-foot putt in 18th for a total of 19 under 263.
He shot 63 in the tournament’s opening round, but was followed by 68 on Friday and 70 on Saturday.
The Canadian started Sunday’s final the way he eventually ended – placing birdie after birdie to put pressure on Gooch.
Hughes made two short birdie putts on the first two holes, then added another on a 5. Two holes later he hit a 10-foot birdie putt, and again from eight feet on the birdie. number 9.
His 5 under 30s on the nine front keep him on the hunt.
But Gooch played so well that he got stuck.
The American went through 3 birdies on 4 holes to start 9th again and won the tournament’s 22 under 260 record set by Kevin Kisner in 2014. He became the 7th player in 12th history. year of the event won his first RSM Classic victory.
The win took him to the top of the FedEx Cup standings, 33rd in the world rankings and to Augusta National in April for the Masters.
“To end the fall like I just did, it’s a dream come true,” Gooch said.
Sebastian Munoz (65 years old) came in third and Tyler McCumber (60), Cameron Smith (64), Tom Hoge (67) and Seamus Power (68) tied for fourth.
Corey Conners of Listowel, Ont., closed with 3 under 67 to finish at 22. Taylor Pendrith of Richmond Hill, Ont. (67), a short distance behind him and Michael Gligic of Burlington, Ont. (68), ranked 29th with 8 below.
Adam Hadwin of Abbotsford, BC (68) finished in fourth, two strokes ahead of Roger Sloan of Merritt, BC (68).
With files from the Associated Press.
This Canadian Press report was first published on November 21, 2021.