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#pounditMonday, September 27, 2021

Video: Mackenzie Hughes gets ball caught in tree late in US Open

Mackenzie Hughes ball tree

Mackenzie Hughes was in the hunt late in the final round of the US Open on Sunday, but the Canadian caught a horrible break when one of his tee shots got stuck in a tree.

Hughes badly hooked his tee ball at the par-3 11th hole at Torrey Pines. You could tell by the way he dropped his club that he knew it was trouble, but he probably never could have imagined where it would end up. The ball actually went through the tree, then bounced off the cart path back into the tree and never came down. Here’s the video:

Hughes was able to take an unplayable (one penalty stroke) and then a free drop off the cart path. That left him with a difficult pitch shot that he did not get close to the hole. The end result was a double-bogey.

Prior to the tree incident, Hughes was two shots off the lead at -4. While there’s no doubt he hit a bad tee shot, you can’t catch a much worse break than that.

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