Mackenzie Hughes of Hamilton, Ontario is in contention after the first round of the 2021 British Open. This is the second straight major where Hughes has had a strong performance. He was actually in the lead after the third round of the 2021 United States Open in San Diego, California.
On Thursday at the Royal St. George’s Golf Course in Sandwich, England, Hughes posted a round of four-under-par 66. He had five birdies and one bogey. He birdied the fourth, fifth, sixth, 10th, and 12th holes, and bogeyed the 15th hole. Four of Hughes’s five birdies were on par fours, while his birdie on the sixth hole was on a par three.
Hughes, who had the lead for a period of time on Thursday, is two strokes back of the leader, Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa, who is at -6. Americans Jordan Spieth and Brian Harman are one stroke back at -5. Hughes meanwhile is tied with South Africa’s Dylan Frittelli, France’s Benjamin Hebert, and American major champions Webb Simpson and Stewart Cink.
There is a 10-way tie for ninth place at -3. Of the 10 are three major champions–England’s Justin Rose and Danny Willett, and American Collin Morikawa. The other seven at -3 are Germany’s Marcel Seim, South Africa’s Justin Harding, South Korea’s Byeong Hun An, American Scottie Scheffler, and three Englishmen–Jack Senior, Tommy Fleetwood, and Andy Sullivan.