Mackenzie Hughes was pretty confident about winning the Sanderson Farms Championship, especially after being snubbed for the Presidents Cup from the International Team. The golfer, who is well-known for his remarkable resilience and self-belief outdid himself on Sunday.
The 31-year-old had no idea how it would end on Sunday evening. Hughes took a leap over Sepp Straka on the second playoff hole. His stunt earned him the right to claim his second PGA Tour title after putting half a dozen crucial putts.
Mackenzie Hughes said he was confident of winning the Championship
“The second one felt a lot harder than the first one, that’s for sure,” Hughes said. For the third time in his career, the 31-year-old golf star, hit an 8-footer on the 18th hole to win the Championship event.
“I kept telling myself the whole week that I was going to do it. That was the only thing I saw in my mind,” Hughes said. “That par saves down the stretch, I was just trying to will the ball into the hole.”
It’s been six years since Hughes’ one-off win came at Sea Island. “I was fighting like hell to stay in it,” Hughes said. “Finishing second, while it’s still great, it kind of stings when you’re that close. I just wasn’t going to accept that today.”
Straka missed the rim from 18 feet, before making the winning putt on the second playoff hole. Sepp has been unlucky in the playoffs for the second time in his last four tournaments.
“I played good golf on a tough Sunday,” said the Austrian golfer, won his first PGA Tour title at the Honda Classic earlier in 2022. “Giving yourself chances to win out here it key. The more you can do that, the more comfortable you’ll be.”
Hughes was disappointed not to be on the international team at the Presidents Cup but he used the snub as motivation as he went on to win at the Sanderson Farms Championship.