Canada’s Mackenzie Hughes happy to entertain fans and grow the sport of golf

Canada’s Mackenzie Hughes happy to entertain fans and grow the sport of golf

Canada’s Mackenzie Hughes happy to entertain fans and grow the sport of golf

Mackenzie Hughes doesn’t think of himself as an ambassador for golf, but when he has the opportunity to promote the sport he loves he embraces that role.

The Canadian became something of an online sensation Sunday after he drained back-to-back putts of more than 43 feet to birdie his final two holes and finish third at the Travelers Championship. Video of the two putts — especially the 48-footer on No. 17 that took almost a 90 degree turn to find its line — has had his phone buzzing for days.

A tweet from the PGA Tour of Hughes’s impressive putts has had more than 2,500 retweets and nearly 18,000 likes, even drawing casual fans into golf.

“We’re just trying to put on a good show and entertain whenever we play,” said Hughes. “I’d love to get as many people as possible into the game because, obviously, I think it’s a great game.”

It’s not the first time Hughes has put on a show for fans.

At the 2019 RBC Canadian Open at Hamilton Golf Club — essentially Hughes’s home course, having grown up in nearby Dundas, Ont. — he drew raucous cheers when he pulled on a Kawhi Leonard jersey before teeing off at No. 13 when the Toronto Raptors were in the thick of the NBA’s post-season.

“I knew that was going to get a good reaction,” said Hughes, who added that he likes to engage fans. “I think it reminds you to not take things too seriously and have a little bit of fun out there. I think when I do that I play better.

“I mean, we’re in an entertainment business so we are trying to, in essence, put on a show for people. If I can help in any way, then that’s awesome.”

Hughes is skipping this week’s Rocket Mortgage Classic at Detroit Golf Club, instead spending time with his wife, son and family at a cottage in western New York to celebrate Canada Day and Independence Day.

There will be four Canadians in the field when the event tees off on Thursday with Michael Gligic of Burlington, Ont., Adam Hadwin of Abbotsford, B.C., David Hearn of Brantford, Ont., and Roger Sloan of Merritt, B.C., playing.

Hughes had intended to play in the Rocket Mortgage but, with the PGA Tour having to re-shuffle its calendar because of the COVID-19 pandemic, it meant that there were seven high-quality events in a row. As a result, he reluctantly withdrew from the tournament in Detroit.

Tying for third at the Travelers Championship has been a big benefit to Hughes’s season.

He now sits 46th in the FedExCup standings and 98th in the world golf rankings. Hadwin is 60th and Corey Conners of Listowel, Ont., is 66th in the world, putting three Canadians in the top 100 of the world golf rankings for the first time ever. With Nick Taylor, from Abbotsford, sitting at 102, there could be four in the top 100 sooner rather than later.

KORN FERRY TOUR — Taylor Pendrith of Richmond Hill, Ont., is the top ranked Canadian on the second-tier Korn Ferry Tour, sitting 49th. He teed off Wednesday morning at the TPC Colorado Championship at Heron Lakes in Berthoud, Colo. Adam Svensson of Surrey, B.C., Mike Weir of Brights Grove, Ont., and Vancouver’s Stuart Macdonald round out the Canadian contingent at the event.

CP WOMEN’S OPEN — The 2020 CP Women’s Open was cancelled on Tuesday. The Canadian women’s professional golf championship was scheduled for the first week of September at Vancouver’s Shaughnessy Golf & Country Club. Organizers had hoped that the tournament would be able to go ahead as planned, but travel and border restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic made it impossible. Shaughnessy will instead host the event in 2021.

FACE-OFF — Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas and comedian Gerry Dee beat TSN’s James Duthie and Jeff O’Neill by a stroke in The Face-Off charity match at TPC Toronto at Osprey Valley in Caledon, Ont. A total of $60,000 in donations from TPC Toronto and the Humeniuk Foundation was on the line for a charity of each player’s choice, with Dee leading the way by earning $20,000 for KidSport Ontario and Dubas earning $18,000 for the You Can Play Project. Team Duthie earned $11,000 to both The Frontline Fund and the Down Syndrome Association of York Region.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 1, 2020.

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John Chidley-Hill, The Canadian Press

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