Mackenzie Hughes had a bad day at the US Open, losing his lead early and falling out of contention at Torrey Pines on Sunday. Hughes of Dundas, Ont., finished the back nine with three bogeys and a double-bogey tee shot that got lodged in a tree to finish in a four-way tie for 15th. Hughes was tied for the lead going into the fourth round, and in the last group, he scored a 6-over 77, his worst round in the 72-hole event. He finished 1-over 285 total, seven strokes behind the champion, Spain's Jon Rahm (67).
South African Louis Oosthuizen finished second, followed by American Harris English (68). The only other Canadian to make the weekend cut, Adam Hadwin of Abbotsford, B.C., finished tied for 40th at 6 over. Hughes was in a good position at the end of the third round, having shot a 3-under 68 and making a 63-foot eagle putt on the par-5 13th. At 5 under, the Canadian finished the day tied for first alongside Oosthuizen and Russell Henley.
But things started to go wrong for Hughes on the back nine on Sunday. Hughes, who was two strokes behind leader Oosthuizen, pulled his tee shot left on the par-3 11th hole. It landed in a tree after bouncing off a cart path. The ball became entangled between the branches and never came down. Hughes threw down his club and kicked it in anger.
The Canadian took a drop and hit the ball onto the green after conferring with a rules official. He two-putted for bogey, dropping him to 4 under. That shot ruined his prospects at the US Open, and he never recovered. HughesMike Weir, who won the Masters in 2003, was the latest Canadian to win a men's golf major.