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Hunter Mahan |

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (32) / 5/17/1982
Ht / Wt:  5'11 / 175
College: Oklahoma State University

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Hunter Mahan makes his way to East Lake Golf Club for his eight TOUR Championship appearance.
Mahan is the only golfer to tee it up in every Playoffs event in the history of the FedExCup. In seven trips to East Lake, he's finished inside the top 10 on three occasions, with a 2011 runner-up finish leading the way. Entering the week at fifth in the FedExCup standings, Mahan is one of five golfers who control their own destiny with a win this week. Sep 8 - 11:19 PM

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Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson gave one of his three captain's picks to Hunter Mahan.

Mahan competed for the United States in 2008 and 2010 and owns a 3-2-3 overall record. He was a shocking omission from the 2012 squad despite winning the WGC-Accenture Match Play and the Shell Houston Open earlier in the year. He likely secured today's nod with a two-stroke victory at The Barclays two weeks ago. It chased a T15 at Firestone and T7 at Valhalla. He led or co-led each of those starts in greens in regulation. He completed the automatically qualifying window 25th in points. Watson said in today's presser that Mahan will likely play in all five matches at Gleneagles on Sept. 26-28.
Sep 2 - 7:23 PM

Hunter Mahan closed out his week at TPC Boston with a 3-under-par 33-35=68 in the final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship.

He circled five birdies to just two bogeys on Monday morning to end his week at 1-over 285. Two of those birdies were from long range, holing putts from 46'8" and 20'1" on the par-3 third and 16th holes. Mahan suffered a bit of a hangover after winning The Barclays last week, but his final-round performance likely proved to U.S. Ryder Cup captain, Tom Watson, that he is ready to accept a captain's pick tomorrow. It's hard to imagine a scenario where he doesn't get the call to head to Gleneagles.
Sep 1 - 11:43 AM

Hunter Mahan struggled to a 2-over-par 37-36=73 in his opening round of the Deutsche Bank Championship.

Last week's champ and current FedExCup points leader seemed to fulfill the winner's hangover so often seen on the PGA TOUR. He opened with a bogey-5 at the 10th hole, and even that needed an attempt from 11'2" to drop. Overall, Mahan split 10 (of 14) fairways, but landed only 10 greens in regulation en route to a lone birdie at the par-5 second hole. He whiffed on a trio of tries inside nine feet and signed his card sitting eight strokes back of the clubhouse lead.
Aug 29 - 4:01 PM

Hunter Mahan lit up Ridgewood Country Club for a 6-under-par 33-32=65 in the final round of The Barclays to claim the title by two strokes at 14-under 270.

Mahan was on fire for the majority of his round, circling seven birdies without a blemish on his first 17 holes before a bogey at the last. Three of his last four birdies were of note, holing putts from 27'10", 10'11" and 21'7" at the par-5 13th, par-3 15th and par-5 17th holes, respectively. Irons were the key to his round and his week. He landed 15 GIR for the afternoon and a tournament-leading 58 for the week. Mahan entered the week ranked 62nd in the FedExCup standings and without a victory on the PGA TOUR since the 2012 Shell Houston Open. With today's title -- his sixth on the PGA TOUR -- the American moves to first in the FEC standings and into the mix for a captain's pick for the upcoming Ryder Cup. Considering captain Tom Watson will name his three selections after the Deutsche Bank Championship, Mahan's timing couldn't have been much better. Mahan also clinches the opportunity to extend his streak of competing in every event in FedExCup Playoffs history.
Aug 24 - 6:11 PM

Hunter Mahan fired a 3-under-par 32-36=68 in the third round of The Barclays to take the clubhouse lead at 8-under 205.

Mahan circled five birdies to just two bogeys on his navigation of Ridgewood CC, with a 19'5" birdie at the par-4 sixth and a 15'11" birdie at the par-3 15th serving as the highlights. The irons were the key to his success, landing 15 GIR. He was trending well leading up to this event, having tied for 15th at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and sharing seventh at the PGA Championship. Not only is he peaking just in time for a run at the FedExCup, it is to be assumed that his fine play is also catching the eye of U.S. Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson. Mahan hopes to be one of the three captain's picks to be announced following the Deutsche Bank Championship.
Aug 23 - 4:55 PM

Hunter Mahan shot an even -par 36-35=71 in his second round of The Barclays, arriving at the midpoint in 5-under 136, three strokes in arrears of the 36-hole clubhouse co-leaders.

Given he stood over 13 opportunities to break par and didn't sign for a red number, chalk up the day as a disappointment. Mahan did convert three times, including from 18'6" and 17'3" at Nos. 16 and 3, respectively, but he also three-jacked the par-5 13th from just 16'5" for the first of three bogeys. A walk-off par save from 11'4" at the par-4 ninth preserved the omission of a plus sign in front of his overall score in relation to par.
Aug 22 - 5:22 PM

Hunter Mahan spun a 5-under-par 33-33=66 in his opening round of The Barclays to earn a piece of the clubhouse lead.

Mahan's form is returning and just in time. He split 11 (of 14) fairways and hit 15 greens in regulation at Ridgewood Country Club today, trading one bogey for six birdies along the way. Three of his par breakers measured at least 11 feet, the longest dropping in from 17'4" at the par-4 first hole where he set the tone for the round. Mahan, of course, is the only golfer to compete in every Playoffs event since its inception in 2007, but at 62nd in points entering this year's, that streak is in jeopardy. Three more rounds like today's in Paramus, New Jersey, and the threat will be eliminated.
Aug 21 - 12:40 PM

Hunter Mahan closed out his week at the PGA Championship with a final-round 4-under-par 34-33=67 to nab a top 10 at 11-under 273.

The American circled five birdies and dropped just one shot on his lap around Valhalla Golf Club. His highlights came late in the round, dropping birdies from 12'2" and 20'11' on the par-4 15th and 17th holes. While this hasn't been the best year of Mahan's career, things are looking up of late. He tied for 15th at Firestone CC last week and looks to be peaking just in time for the upcoming FedExCup Playoffs.
Aug 10 - 7:47 PM

Hunter Mahan fired a bogey-free 6-under-par 33-32=65 in the third round of the PGA Championship to establish the clubhouse lead at 7-under 206.

Mahan circled six birdies and tapped in 12 pars on his navigation of Valhalla Golf Club. Half of his birdies fell from between 10 and 18 feet. Ball-striking was on point, as he split 10 of 14 fairways and landed 15 GIR. While he as four top 10s this season, the American hasn't earned one since the WGC-Cadillac Championship. He did show signs of putting his game together with a T15 at Firestone CC last week. He will now sit back and wait to see how low the afternoon tee times take things. It's possible he will need some help at the top to stand a chance at winning his first major championship on Sunday.
Aug 9 - 3:15 PM

The third round of the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational is scheduled to begin at 7:00 a.m. ET due to inclement weather forecast later in the day.

The PGA TOUR expects the reasonable threat for thunderstorms to arrive at about 10:00 a.m., so golfers will go out in threesomes off split tees. The final groups are scheduled to commence play at 9:00 a.m., so it could be a long day at Firestone in Akron, Ohio. Hunter Mahan didn't have a long day today, carding a 5-under-par 32-33=65 in his second round. He suffered just one bogey, but absorbed it with six birdies. The set featured conversions from 20'11" at the 11th hole and 26'3" at 13, both par 4s. The 65 matches his low aggregate of the season (third round, WM Phoenix Open). At 4-under 136, he's seven strokes off the 36-hole lead, but the last of 11 inside the top 10 on the leaderboard at the halfway point.
Aug 1 - 7:35 PM

Hunter Mahan withdrew as the 36-hole leader in last year's RBC Canadian Open due to the birth of his child, and returns this week to take on Royal Montreal Golf Club.

If you believe in karma, this would be the week to back Mahan, as putting his family before his career certainly deserves some positive retribution. If you want a more quantifiable reason to look at Mahan, you can note his improving form, with back-to-back finishes of 32nd place or better. In addition, he owns two top 5s at Canada’s national championship, in nine previous appearances. Gamers should take a hard look this week but also remember that his last podium finish in a stroke-play event came 27 months ago when he won the 2012 Shell Houston Open.
Jul 22 - 12:47 PM

Hunter Mahan missed the cut on the number at the Travelers Championship.

The 2007 champion and all-time earnings leader of the tournament posted even-par 68-72=140 to extend his slump to 10 consecutive starts without a top 25. He hit 13 greens in regulation in each round, but today's loop featured only two birdies against four bogeys. Mahan will try again at next week's Quicken Loans National. Other notables that failed to survive in Connecticut include: 140--Jonas Blixt ... 141--2006 champ J.J. Henry; Patrick Reed ... 142--Chesson Hadley ... 143--Brian Stuard; Erik Compton; Ryo Ishikawa ... 144--Zach Johnson.
Jun 20 - 7:22 PM

Hunter Mahan turns his attention to a favorable venue at this week's Travelers Championship.

Mahan is the all-time earnings leader at this tournament in large part due to his 2007 victory surrounded by a pair of runner-up finishes. His overall record at TPC River Highlands is 9-for-12 with seven finishes inside the top 25. Mahan ranks 38th in good drive percentage and should have no issues bouncing back from his wrong-ball miscue last week at the U.S. Open.
Jun 18 - 11:20 AM

Hunter Mahan and Jamie Donaldson were penalized two strokes each for hitting the other's golf ball on approach at the par-4 18th hole in the second round of the U.S. Open.

The short story is that Mahan's caddie, John Wood, misidentified his boss' ball. Both balls were marked similarly and everyone involved was fooled by the bounce of Mahan's tee ball. It wasn't until Donaldson went to mark his ball on the green that the error was realized. In addition to the penalty, Mahan and Donaldson retreated to the original spots of their tee balls and finished the hole. Both signed for a 6. Wood's gaffe is likely to cost him a payday as Mahan reached the midpoint in 6-over-par 74-72=146. The current cut line is 4-over 144. While aggravating, it's no sweat off the Englishman's back as he posted 11-over 70-81=151. Granted, they each had nine holes remaining after the saga, but neither mounted a charge. "I still can’t grasp what happened; it doesn’t make any sense to me," Wood said. "You’re out here for 17 years, every day, and you know where the ball goes."
Jun 13 - 3:59 PM