Hamilton PGA star aces comedy with ‘retire’ tweet

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Published December 13, 2022 at 1:00 pm

Golfer Mackenzie Hughes in 2020. (Frank Franklin II, Associated Press)

Mackenzie Hughes pulled off a Twitter misdirect that was as true as any solid drive on a par-five.

The Hamilton golfer is well-established as one of the top Canadians on the PGA Tour, and at age 32, is in his prime years. But Hughes, on his Twitter account, managed to affect the tone of a pro athlete calling it a day while discussing an activity that, for millions in North America, is often just as maddening as a tough day on the links.

“This has been a tough decision to make, but after talking with my family and friends, I’ve decided to retire,” Hughes wrote on Twitter. “The game has just beaten me up too much over the years. One day I may come back, but for now it’s time to say goodbye to fantasy football. Thanks for all the support.”

A number of “well played” and “they had us in the first half, not gonna lie” memes filled the replies from some of Hughes’s 22,500 followers.

Fantasy football is the most popular game within the US$20-billion fantasy sports industry. Participants serve as general managers of virtual teams, amassing points based on the performance of National Football League players they select in advance of the games. Most leagues conclude their ‘regular season’ in mid-December, allowing for the final weeks of the actual regular season to serve as the playoffs.

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The online hobby is so popular that it even inspired a long-running cable comedy series, The League, whose ensemble cast included Big Mouth creator Nick Kroll and Canadian comedian Jon Lajoie. But the high injury rate in football and the highly team-dependent component of individual stats layers on the difficulty — as anyone who drafted the Denver Broncos’ Russell Wilson as their quarterback or the Los Angeles Rams’ Cooper Kupp as their No. 1 wide receiver might attest.

While Hughes’ lineup choices might not have worked out as well, he is off to a strong start on the Tour during the early stages of the season. He is third in FedExCup points through his first five starts of the season, and earned his second career victory in October when he won the Sanderson Farms Championship.

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