Hughes continues consistent play with 5-under-par 65 in Round 2

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Mackenzie Hughes shot his best round since the opening round of the RSM Classic that he won last November, with a 5-under-par round of 65.

Hughes birdied the par-3 4th, the par-4 6th and the par-5 9th on his opening nine holes to make the turn in 32.

The two-time Canadian Amateur champion began the back nine with with birdies on No. 10 and No. 12, but added two bogeys at the 11th and 13th holes. After that back-and-forth four hole stretch, it was back to stellar golf with three pars and two birdies to finish to wrap up his round.

"I think confidence is a nice thing," said Hughes after his round.

For a player who hasn't seen any of the courses he's playing, Hughes says he makes sure he uses his time on the course Monday through Wednesday wisely.

"I make sure I am thorough with my practice rounds."

Stat Round 2 Week total
Score -5 -7
Total 65 133
Birdies 7 12
Pars 9 19
Bogeys 2 5
Fairways hit 9/14 16/28
Driving distance 320.8 315.1
Greens hit 12/18 25/36
Putts per GIR 1.667 1.72

When asked about his last two months since his first career win, a victory that has allowed him into some big tournaments like the Masters in April, Hughes said, "It's been an awesome ride."

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