Mackenzie Hughes’ chances at US Open jeopardized when tee shot gets stuck in a tree

Mackenzie Hughes couldn’t play his finicky tee shot from where it was on the 11th hole on Sunday at the US Open.

The Canadian was forced to take a one-stroke penalty for an unplayable lie after his ball hit the path of the cart and got stuck between tree branches above his head.

The poor rebound led to a double bogey 5 on the par 3 hole and pushed him four strokes behind leader Louis Oosthuizen.

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Hughes entered Torrey Pines tied for the lead on Sunday with Oosthuizen and Russell Henley at 5 under. He came out in 1 of 36 then tied the 10 before his adventure on the 11.

The Ontario native is looking to become the first Canadian since Mike Weir in 2003 (masters) and the second overall to win a major tournament.

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