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Battler Hubbard eyes maiden PGA Tour win

Mark Hubbard has a one-shot lead in the Sanderson Farms Championship as he chases his first PGA Tour victory

October 2, 2022
By AAP
2 October 2022

American Mark Hubbard is eyeing a long-awaited maiden PGA Tour victory after seizing a one-shot lead going into the final round of the Sanderson Farms Championship.

The 33-year-old Hubbard reeled off five straight birdies on the back nine for a seven-under 65 at the Country Club of Jackson in Mississippi on Saturday.

He leads from Canada’s Mackenzie Hughes (68) with American Scott Stallings (68) South African Garrick Higo (68) and Austria’s Sepp Straka (69) two shots further back in a tie for thrd.

Hubbard has gone 163 starts over six years without winning, and this would be as good a chance as any in an event with few big names, as he holds the 54-hole lead for the first time.

Keegan Bradley, the 2011 PGA Championship winner, set the tone early, making his mark on the back nine for a 64 that left him four behind the leader. 

Hubbard’s best career finish is a runner-up result in Houston in 2020. He didn’t have great expectations this week, mainly because of a minor injury. Seems his daughter accidentally knocked a knife off the table and onto his foot last week.

“So I had a hole in my foot this whole week, and I didn’t get to practice at all last week, so I was just kind of coming here trying to get ready for Vegas, to be honest,” he said. “I think that probably has a lot to do with expectations being low.

“That being said, I felt incredible about my game for the last six, seven months, so I’m just kind of trying to go with it and keep those expectations low and just try and hit good golf shots.”

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