With his victory at the Price Cutter Championship in Springfield, Mo., Mackenzie Hughes of Dundas, Ont., moved from 88th to 14th on the Web.com Tour money list to pretty much lock up one of the spots available by finishing in the top 25 on the money list by the end of the season.
There are just six tournaments left on the schedule.
“PGA Tour? Let’s go. It’s exciting,” said Hughes after his one-shot victory on Sunday.
Hughes shot a bogey-free 66 in the final round to finish at 24 under, but he needed a birdie on 18 to do it after American Richy Werenski had just a few minutes before eagled the final hole to tie Hughes.
“This is the hardest day of my life,” said Hughes, who earned $121,500 for the win. “I’m so proud of the way I hung in there. I had to dig so deep. The thoughts were going crazy in my head.”
“Trying to quiet that down was the greatest challenge I’ve had in my life.” he said.
“I kid you not, there were so many times I thought about the outcome and what it could mean to my family and everything like that. I had to bring myself back so many time.s I just wanted to get across the line and it feels so good,” said Hughes, who stuck his approach to within a foot of the hole on 18.
“That is the moment of my career so far,” said Hughes. “There were some moments where I need to hit a shot and I needed to make a putt.”
Going into the tournament, Hughes has qualifying school in December pencilled in, even though he is scheduled to get married in late October.
“When I think about what it means and everything that comes with this win, it just blows my mind,” said Hughes.
Brad Fritsch of Manotick, Ont., is currently 10th on the money list.
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