The RSM Classic. Mackenzie Hughes Leads By Two.

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Mackenzie Hughes, from Canada, leads The RSM Classic by two shots after 36 holes at  Sea Island, today on the Plantation Course.

Hughes prepared for what's to come

Mackenzie Hughes / getty

Mackenzie, shot -5 under par 67 today, backing up his 61 yesterday on the Seaside Course, to lead The RSM Classic with a -14 under par total, and will take a two-stroke advantage into the week-end.

Last month Mackenzie played both weekend rounds with Phil Mickelson at the Safeway Open, something that inspired him;

“That was huge, being with him for two days and with his galleries and all the distractions going on there, that’s probably as good a preparation as you would have for tomorrow and Sunday.”

“You didn’t feel like you were a step below him, which I thought was really cool.”

“Yesterday, it seemed quite easy. I don’t want to say easy but today was definitely more work.”

 “And 67’s definitely no slouch of a score and I would take two more of those in a heartbeat.”

C.T. Pan, Taipei, -6 under 64 today on the Seaside Course trails by two shots at -12 under par for the tournament.

Four players are tied in third place, at -11 under par, Hudson Swafford -5 under 67 today  Blayne Barber, -4 under 68 and Chesson Hadley, -6 under 66, these three all played Plantation. They were joined in third place by Chad Campbell, -5 under 65 on the Seaside Course.

Hudson is a local player, sadly a home player has never won this event;

“Home games are tough.”

 “There’s a lot going on away from the golf course. There’s a lot of expectations you put on yourself playing a home game.”

Tournament host Davis Love 111 emphasized how tough it is for home players, by missing the cut, which was set at -5 under.

The par 70 Seaside Course played to a stroke average of 68.064 and the tougher par 72 Plantation Course played to a stroke average of 70.462, both permutations for Round 2.

 

 

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