Mackenzie Hughes made up for a disappointing Saturday in the finale to the RBC Canadian Open … well almost.
Hughes followed up his third round 74 with a four-under 68 on Sunday that began with an eagle on the par five second hole at Glen Abbey and, after a bogey on the fourth, he made the turn at one under.
He added a birdie on 10, then ran up three in a row between 15 and 17, before concluding with a bogey on the 72nd hole of his national championship.
“A little bit tough coming out here today with not a chance to win. It was a bit disappointing (Saturday), but today, I wanted to come out and play a nice round and build momentum for next week going into (the WGC Bridgestone Invitational) and the PGA (Championship),” said Hughes.
“Obviously, it’s a bit sour-tasting right now, making six on the final hole. It’s not playing very hard. It’s downwind and I made a bit of a miss there. A sour taste, but overall, it was a good day,” he added.
Hughes finished at 10 under, which earned Hughes the Rivermead Cup as low Canadian, a nice honour, but not what his main objective.
“Consolation prize, I would say,” he said.
“I wasn’t really thinking about it today. I just wanted to climb up there as far as I could. You know, it’s a nice honour for sure and, you know, I’m beating a lot of good players that came out of Canada this week,” said Hughes.
“I think if you asked Graham (DeLaet) or David (Hearn), I think we all wanted to win, so being low Canadian is great, but next year, I’m coming back for more,” he added.
DeLaet, the only other Canadian to play the weekend at the Abbey, shot a final round 71 on Sunday to finish at eight under.
“The support we get as Canadians in this golf tournament is obviously great, but you want to be able to give them something to cheer about and I wasn’t really able to do that this weekend, but hopefully, next year,” said DeLaet.