Joy for Mackenzie Hughes as he captures Sanderson Farms Championship in a playoff

Canada's Mackenzie Hughes drained an eight-footer for birdie on the second playoff hole to defeat Austria's Sepp Straka and win the PGA Sanderson Farms Championship.

It's only the second PGA Tour title of Hughes' career and the first since he won the RSM Classic way back in 2016.

The 31-year-old was able to triumph over Straka in extra holes after both men finished 72 holes on 17-under par 271 at The Country Club of Jackson in Mississippi.

Straka fired a five-under 67 in regulation while Hughes shot 69.

"Words can't describe it," Hughes said. "I've been working so hard, putting in some hours. It just feels so good.

"It's the coolest feeling in the world. Winning happens so infrequently that when we do get to win it's super special.

"I've had some close calls. Finishing second, while it's still great, kind of stings when you are that close.

"I just wasn't going to accept that today."

Reflecting on the six-year gap between his first and second PGA Tour titles, Hughes added, "Definitely it feels a little sweeter than the first one. I was just fighting like hell to stay in it. Somehow I was able to pull through."

"This is the stuff that makes you feel alive. It's a feeling you crave and a feeling you want more of -- it will keep me working hard."

While it was a birdie that eventually handed him the title, Hughes needed two great par saves prior to that putt to get him in position.

After leaving himself 35 feet away from the hole at 18 in regulation, Hughes putted from 35 yards to within four feet of the hole and made the par putt to force the playoff.

Then, on the first playoff hole, Hughes found the bunker and needed a clutch up and down to save par and extend the contest, after Straka had found the green and left himself 20 feet from the hole.

"Those par saves down the stretch, I was just trying to will the ball in the hole," Hughes said. "That kind of describes my game a bit, that grit and that perseverance. The second one felt harder than the first one that's for sure."

Two South Africans finished in third and fourth place respectively, narrowly missing out on the playoff.

Garrick Higgo finished just a shot behind after a closing 68, one stroke ahead of countryman Dean Burmester, who had a 67.

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