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PGA Tour’s Mackenzie Hughes “pretty gutted” after RBC Canadian Open finish

Mackenzie Hughes was on the brink of victory on the final day of the RBC Canadian Open. The Hamilton, Ontario, Canada native started strong, four strokes behind the leader, but the local player’s performance stalled and he had to watch as Robert MacIntyre took the win.

Hughes was three under par through the first four holes, then his play stagnated from there, scoring one more birdie on the sixth hole but dropping three strokes over the final 10 holes.

“I’m pretty disappointed. Yeah, I really wanted this win,” Hughes said after Sunday’s round. “It’s going to hurt for a while. I needed a start.”

“My swing felt good yesterday but the other three days I really struggled. I just wasn’t in good form. It was hard to settle in and get in shape. It’s disappointing how it ended. I had my chances over the last nine holes and just couldn’t do anything. It’s pretty disappointing.”

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Hughes thought he knew exactly what he needed to hit to win but he just couldn’t get it done. McIntyre didn’t start well so Hughes had his chance but his swing just didn’t work.

“I knew I was in the right spot,” Hughes said. “I saw the board on No. 9 and I thought that was a big putt. I almost made the biggest par of my life there. When I missed it and saw him on No. 16, I knew I was in big trouble. I know this is a big week with a lot of energy. I don’t know if it was a slip-up at the end or something else that caused it, but I just didn’t put it together.”

With his home course just a few miles away, Hughes had high hopes of winning the tournament, but he finished at 10 under par and tied for seventh with Maverick McNeely and Ryan Fox.

Savannah Lee Richardson is a Golf Staff Writer for SB Nation Playing Through. Follow us for more golf articles. Follow You can follow us on all major social platforms. You can also follow us on Twitter Follow Instagram: @savannah_leigh_sports