Joint 54-hole leader at the recent U.S. Open and although he slipped back to 15th it still represented easily his best finish in a major so far.
It has also led to an Open Championship debut thanks to his position on the world rankings on June 30.
Hughes is twice a winner of the Canadian amateur title and part of the three-man national side which tied for sixth at the 2012 Eisenhower Trophy World Team Championship.
Like 2003 Open champion Ben Curtis, he attended Kent State University in Ohio. He turned professional in 2012 and the following year made it to the U.S. Open by surviving a play-off at sectional qualifying.
It would be his only major appearance for four years and he did not make a halfway cut in one until the 2020 PGA Championship. By then he had won on the Canadian Tour, Web.com Tour and PGA Tour – the latter success coming at the 2016 RSM Classic, where he found himself in a five-man play-off which he took on the third hole.
It was only his fifth start as a member of the circuit and catapulted him from 287th on the world rankings to 110th, having started that summer outside the top 1,250.