What appeared to be an early birthday present for Mackenzie Hughes, who turns 26 on Wednesday, suddenly disappeared into the darkness when his birdie putt burned the edge on the second playoff hole at the RSM Classic, sending four men into a Monday finish after play was called for the day.
All came away with pars on the second hole of the PGA Tour event in Sea Island, Ga.
Hughes, who took a one-shot lead into the final round, bogeyed the second hole, but came back with a birdie two holes later. He bogeyed six, which dropped him into a five-way tie for first, but birdied the next hole to make the turn at even par.
A birdie on 10 gave him a two-shot lead, but a bogey on 11 combined with birdies by Sweden’s Henrik Norlander and American Blayne Barber, put Hughes into a three-way tie for top spot, still at 16 under.
Barber added his second consecutive birdie on 15 to briefly take a one-shot lead, but Hughes came back with one of his own on 14 to join him atop the leaderboard at 17 under, which is where they would stay as Hughes finished the day with a 69.
They would be joined by veterans Billy Horschel, Camilo Villegas and Norlander before the end of the round to send it into the five-man playoff.
With daylight beginning to fade, Hughes parred the first playoff hole, which saw Horschel eliminated after he took a bogey.
On the second playoff hole, all four remaining players were looking at birdie putts, Hughes the closest, with darkness taking over. Hughes burned the edge on his putt and everyone came away with pars, with play to resume Monday morning.
The final leaderboard is here.