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Hughes finishes second at Wildfire Invitational

Mackenzie Hughes, Mark Hubbard

PGA Tour Canada

PETERBOROUGH, Ont. - American Mark Hubbard fired a final round 66 to capture his first PGA Tour Canada title Sunday, winning The Wildfire Invitational by two strokes over Mackenzie Hughes of Dundas, Ont. and American Kyle Stough.

Hubbard made a clutch 15-footer for birdie at the par-5 16th to give himself a three-stroke advantage at the time, then parred the final two holes to secure the win.

"I had to be in the moment and really had to focus on each shot, so the whole thing hasn't really kicked in yet," said Hubbard, whose total of 264 was the lowest winning score on PGA TOUR Canada this year. "The putt on 16 was one of the best putts I've ever hit in my life."

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Hubbard said several key up-and-downs including a brilliant flop shot at the par-3 15th were the key to his victory.

"I had two or three up-and-downs that were some of the best of my life," said Hubbard. "That one on 15 was probably the shot of my life. I put a lot of work in the last two weeks and it's nice to see it pay off."

With the victory, Hubbard moves to No. 5 on the Order of Merit with two events remaining, putting him in position to earn one of the five Tour cards available at season's end.

"Between playing down in Latioamerica, up here and in Q-School, guys have three chances to get to the Tour," said Hubbard. "But you can't really think about stuff when you're playing, you just have to go out and play, and that's what I feel like I did the best this week."

For Hughes, it was a career-best finish while Stough matched his career-best finish from earlier this year.

Jorge Fernandez-Valdes, second on the PGA Tour Latinoamerica Order of Merit, finished alone in fourth at 17-under par for his best PGA Tour Canada result.

Nick Taylor of Abbotsford, B.C., notched his fifth top-10 finish of the year, shooting 68 to finish alone in fifth at 16-under par.

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