Mackenzie Hughes prepares for Sentry while keeping the state of golf in mind.

There's a good case to be made that Mackenzie Hughes has benefited more than any other player by Jon Rahm's move from the PGA Tour to LIV Golf.

Hughes finished last year's Tour Championship at No. 51, one spot short of qualifying for all eight marquee tournaments in 2024. 

Then, on December 7, Rahm shocked the professional golf world by breaking his long-standing grudge against LIV and joining with the Saudi-backed league.

Rahm was immediately suspended by the PGA Tour. Hughes moved up to 50th place as a result of this.

He's in Hawaii this week for the first signature tournament of the year, which features a $20 million purse.

"Obviously, being the 51st guy I just needed one guy to go, I didn't need 12 guys and a mass exodus, so I definitely thought there was a chance there," Hughes said in an interview on Tuesday. 

"I spent Thanksgiving at home." I saw the Rahm nonsense start to proliferate on Twitter. 

"Those rumors seemed to be flying around for a long time, and we never really heard what was going on one way or the other."Then he finally said it.

 I understood what would happen if he went long before he announced his intention to go."

Hughes expressed gratitude to the tour for moving quickly and provided clarity to his predicament. 

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