Thomas Detry and Mackenzie Hughes grab halfway lead at Sanderson Farms Championship

Canada's Mackenzie Hughes shot to the top of the Sanderson Farms Championship leaderboard in Mississippi on Friday thanks to a nine-under-par 63.

Hughes started the day with three birdies and never looked back, completing his round without a single bogey on his card.

He also closed with back-to-back birdies to lift himself to 10 under par - good enough for a share of the lead with Belgium's Thomas Detry, who started the day near the top of the leaderboard and went one better thanks to a five-under-par 67.

Hughes credited a change of coach and some hard work in the gym for rediscovering his form.

"I started with a new coach a couple weeks ago and working on a couple small things which have been kind of showing on the golf course, and I've been putting in a lot of work in the gym, so that's been showing up as well," said the 31-year-old.

"Just a combination of a few different things, but been working hard at it, and it's always nice when you put in hard work and you get some good results."

Detry, meanwhile, said a decision to go back to basics has done the trick for him.

"I've kept it really simple. I haven't really hit a shot -- last week I was completely resting," Detry said.

"I've hit balls for like 15 minutes on the range on Tuesday, and I was hitting it well, so that's all I have to do really.

"Work on pace a little bit, but my putting has been decent."

Detry and Hughes are one stroke clear of Austria's Sepp Straka, who moved into contention with a six-under-par 66.

Meanwhile, South Africa's Garrick Higgo shares fourth place a further shot back alongside Mark Hubbard and Scott Stallings.

Davis Riley, Nick Hardy and Germany's Stephan Jaeger are tied for seventh on seven under.

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