Mackenzie Hughes of Dundas, Ont., shot a final round of six-under 66 to capture his first PGA Tour Canada title yesterday at The Lakes Golf Club in the inaugural Cape Breton Celtic Classic.
Starting the day six shots behind 54-hole leader David Skinns, Hughes, the 2011 and 2012 Canadian Amateur Champion, came out of the gate on fire by posting birdies on five of his first six holes.
Then, two shots behind in the middle of his back nine, Hughes drained long birdie putts on the 14th and 15th, two of his four birdies over the final five holes to give himself a one-shot victory over Vancouver’s Ryan Williams.
Williams posted a career best finish with his solo second performance, as did England’s David Skinns, who tied for third along with Wes Homan of the U.S.
- Hughes is first non-member to win on thhe PGA Tour Canada since Eugene Wong at the 2012 Tour Championship.
- Wes Homan finished T3 one week after missing The Wildfire Invitational presented by PC Financial due to the death of his grandmother.
- Hughes (22 years, 9 months 16 days) is the second youngest winner on the PGA Tour Canada this season. Riley Wheeldon was 22 years, 9 months and 4 days when he won the Syncrude Boreal Open presented by AECON.
- Hughes is the first Canadian Amateur champion to win on PGA Tour Canada since 1996 Amateur winner Rob McMillan at the 2002 Barefoot Classic.