His ball was lodged between two twigs on the branch of a tree and never came down.
"I mean, it's like one-in-a-million break," Hughes said. "I've played golf my entire life, I've never had a ball stuck in a tree. For it to happen on the back nine of a U.S. Open ..."
For more than two hours on Sunday, the back nine of the South Course at Torrey Pines chewed up many of the world's best golfers and knocked most of them out of contention.