Mark Hubbard, Mackenzie Hughes set for acquainted ultimate pairing at Sanderson Farms

JACKSON, Miss. – Did Mark Hubbard anticipate contending at this week’s Sanderson Farms Championship?

“Completely not,” Hubbard stated after a third-round 65 on the Nation Membership of Jackson, assuming a one-stroke lead over Mackenzie Hughes into Sunday. “No.”

Hubbard was at dwelling exterior Houston throughout final week’s Presidents Cup, when he was inadvertently stabbed within the toe by a kitchen knife knocked off the counter. Not perfect preparation for a three-week aggressive stretch forward.

“I had a gap in my foot this complete week, and I didn’t get to follow in any respect final week,” Hubbard stated, “so I used to be simply type of coming right here making an attempt to prepare for Vegas (Shriners Youngsters’s Open), to be trustworthy.

“I believe that in all probability has to do with expectations being low. That being stated, I felt unimaginable about my sport for the final six, seven months, so I’m simply making an attempt to go along with it and maintain these expectations low and simply try to hit good golf pictures.”

As soon as the ball is pegged, the adrenaline kicks in, and Hubbard has produced rounds of 67-69-65 in Mississippi, good for a 15-under whole into Sunday. The San Jose State alum will discover a acquainted foe in Sunday’s ultimate pairing, Mackenzie Hughes. The friendship has dated again to PGA TOUR Canada almost a decade in the past.

Hughes, who matched Hubbard’s birdie at 18 for a third-round 68, remembers a pairing alongside Hubbard within the ultimate spherical of PGA TOUR Canada’s 2013 Wildfire Invitational. Hubbard edged Hughes by two strokes that Sunday; each in the end progressed to the Korn Ferry Tour after which to the PGA TOUR.

Amidst the handfuls of aggressive rounds contested every season, final-round pairings are inclined to lodge in a single’s mind. Even from almost half a technology in the past.

“He bought the higher of me again then,” Hughes stated Saturday. “I’m hoping that I can get that again to even tomorrow.

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