We've been on the Mackenzie Express for two weeks now. While we haven't cashed a ticket yet, the ride has been thrilling.
Keep on swinging, Mackenzie!
We first touted Mackenzie Hughes at 250-1 odds in last week's RBC Heritage in South Carolina. His name stayed on the leaderboard most of the four-day tourney and he finished well under par, but faded late and ended up tied for 42nd place.
That modest finish wasn't enough to impress many bettors, except our resident in-house golf handicapper, Scott Wilson, who decided to take another flyer on Mackenzie in this weekend's Travelers Championship played in Connecticut Trouble was, Scott missed the train when it left the station at 300-1.
Mackenzie must have been on a mission to entice late (in-game) betting. On Thursday, he shot a blistering first round of 60, good for the tournament lead at -10. Odds on the longshot dropped from the near-impossible down to 29-1. Being a couple of shots up as the leader made the odds too attractive to pass up.
Scott got down at 29-1, the best odds he could find at Spreads.ca.
With the heat on from social media and television cameras rolling, Mackenzie shot three more strong rounds, but ended up finishing in third place, just two shots away from the win when play concluded on Sunday afternoon. Dustin Johnson took the victory, after a long drought from the winners circle. Of course, the third-place showing didn't pay any winning tickets. But that's still one heck of a great ride for the money for riders on the Mackenzie Express.
Check out this perfect putt from today's action:
Let's see how thew odds fare on Mackenzie Hughes over the next few months. One suspects he won't be as much of a dark horse now that bettors have seen his current form.
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