Hunter Mahan has won again.
With three straight birdies on Ridgewood Country Club’s back nine, Mahan took a lead in the Barclays he would not relish. His -14 finish vaulted him past a cluttered leaderboard featuring names like Jason Day, Stuart Appelby and Ernie Els. The win comes as Mahan’s first since the 2012 Shell Houston Open. The draught was 48 tournaments long and may have felt like longer to Mahan, who figured a win would come sooner than this.
Remember, it was last summer where Mahan left Canada on a 36-hole lead (for the birth of his daughter), on the heels of some phenomenal golf. He was playing so well, I’m sure he thought he would get his 2013 win. It wasn’t meant to be in 2013.
But ’tis the nature of golf.
Mahan’s wife Kandi and 1-year old daughter Zoe flew to New Jersey upon the early week success of dad.
“It’s just great to be together no matter what,” Kandi said Sunday afternoon. “And if Hunter did win, we’d definitely wanted to be there. So we decided we wanted to go. Me and Zoe decided we wanted to go.”
Great call, Zoe.
The win at the Barclays came at the peak of a strong stretch of golf for Mahan. His last two starts featured a T15 at the Bridgestone and a T7 at the PGA. He was trending in the direction of some great golf. In New Jersey and the seasons first playoff event, he got it.
Mahan now takes the lead in the FedExCup Standings and is guaranteed status into the Tour Championship.
The weekend telecast supplied an interesting statistic regarding Mahan, as he has played the most playoff rounds in FedExCup history. Before this week, he was only guaranteed two events if he didn’t improve his ranking. The record for most playoff rounds may have been in jeopardy.
But as all professional golfers try to do, they take scenarios out of their mind and understand good golf will take care of everything.
And for Mahan, it got him a win for his daughter.