Canada's Mackenzie Hughes shot to the top of the Sanderson Farms Championship leaderboard in Mississippi on Friday thanks to a nine-under-par 63.

Thomas Detry and Mackenzie Hughes grab halfway lead at Sanderson Farms Championship

Hughes started the day with three birdies and never looked back, completing his round without a single bogey on his card.

He also closed with back-to-back birdies to lift himself to 10 under par – good enough for a share of the lead with Belgium’s Thomas Detry, who started the day near the top of the leaderboard and went one better thanks to a five-under-par 67.

Hughes credited a change of coach and some hard work in the gym for rediscovering his form.

“I started with a new coach a couple weeks ago and working on a couple small things which have been kind of showing on the golf course, and I’ve been putting in a lot of work in the gym, so that’s been showing up as well,” said the 31-year-old.

“Just a combination of a few different things, but been working hard at it, and it’s always nice when you put in hard work and you get some good results.”

Detry, meanwhile, said a decision to go back to basics has done the trick for him.

“I’ve kept it really simple. I haven’t really hit a shot — last week I was completely resting,” Detry said.

“I’ve hit balls for like 15 minutes on the range on Tuesday, and I was hitting it well, so that’s all I have to do really.

“Work on pace a little bit, but my putting has been decent.”

Detry and Hughes are one stroke clear of Austria’s Sepp Straka, who moved into contention with a six-under-par 66.

Meanwhile, South Africa’s Garrick Higgo shares fourth place a further shot back alongside Mark Hubbard and Scott Stallings.

Davis Riley, Nick Hardy and Germany’s Stephan Jaeger are tied for seventh on seven under.

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