Mackenzie Hughes Among PGA TOUR Rookie of The Year Nominees

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL - MAY 11: Mackenzie Hughes of Canada plays his shot from the 12th tee during the first round of the THE PLAYERS Championship at the Stadium course at TPC Sawgrass on May 11, 2017 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

The PGA TOUR announced the nominees for the Rookie of The Year for 2017 and among them was Mackenzie Hughes of Dundas, Ontario.

Hughes, 26, graduated to the PGA TOUR from the Tour and quickly took advantage of the self-made opportunity.

In 31 events the Kent State University Graduate made 22 cuts and had two top-ten finishes. They included a victory at The RSM Classic in Sea Island, Georgia.

He ultimately finished 36th in the FedEx Cup points race.

Hughes is among 5 nominees for the award.

Leading the group is 23 year-old Xander Schauffele who recorded two victories during the 2016/2017 campaign. That included being the first rookie to ever win the TOUR Championship.

Also nominated were two other rookie winners – Wesley Bryan (RBC Heritage) and Grayson Murray (Barbacoa Championship), along with Patrick Cantlay who played just 13 events but made all 13 cuts.

Voting by the PGA TOUR players will close on October 2nd, after which the award winners will be announced.