Category: Hunter Mahan


September 14, 2013

Video: Hunter Mahan makes an ace at BMW Championship

Posted at 8:32 PM by Golf.com

Hunter Mahan probably won't win the BMW Championship, but at least he'll leave with a happy memory. He jarred a five-iron on the par-3 17th hole in the third round, and went on to fire a six-under 65. He trails Jim Furyk by six shots entering the final round.

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July 30, 2013

Snedeker: Mahans will get 'very nice baby gift'

Posted at 11:19 AM by Scooby Axson

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When Hunter Mahan withdrew from the third round of the Canadian Open last weekend, Brandt Snedeker knew his chances of winning the tournament had increased.  

Snedeker trailed Mahan by 10 shots when Mahan left for Dallas to be with his wife for the birth of their first child, but Snedeker ended up winning by three shots. 

In some small part, Snedeker can thank Zoe Olivia Mahan, who was born early Sunday, for the win and said he has some big plans for his $1 million prize. 

"Zoe will be getting a very nice baby gift from me," Snedeker said to the Golf Channel.

Snedeker, who became the fourth player on Tour to win multiple events in 2013, knows what Mahan went through, because he withdrew from the 2011 Honda Open to be there for the birth of his first daughter, Lily.  

"It was the best decision I ever made. I'm sure Hunter would say the same thing," he said. 

 

February 10, 2013

They Said It! Left and Right spar over Phil's taxes in Top Quotes of Week

Posted at 10:42 AM by Mike Walker

Keithellison_quote1. “I think it’s fair to ask Phil Mickelson to put in a little bit more money to make sure that we can continue to invest in infrastructure in this country.”

--Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) on tax hikes on the wealthy

 

 

Rush_quote2. “He's almost stuck in California, 'cause now if he does move, they're gonna tar and feather him as an ingrate who's somebody shirking their responsibilities, somebody who's failing to meet their patriotic duty.”

--Rush Limbaugh on why Phil Mickelson retreated from his criticism of tax hikes on the wealthy

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3. “If you start popping shots for guys, they are going to start moving.”

--Hunter Mahan on why the PGA Tour should give stroke penalties to slow players instead of fines

 

 

Westwood_quote4. “We both started playing together. I turned pro at 19 and came on tour and he was still at 12 handicap, so I can't understand the reasons for that.”

--Lee Westwood on playing with his father John in the Pebble pro-am

 

Goosen_quote5. “The long putter does make it easier on the shorter putts to keep the putter better in line a bit easier.”

--Former anchored putter Retief Goosen on why anchoring is an advantage

 

 

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6. "It might just be that he goes through a bit of a hiccup for a few months before he gets back into full flow but the Duval story is not something you should just wipe away and not pay attention to."

--Sandy Lyle on Rory McIlory’s adjustment to new clubs

 

 

Condi_quote7. “I know how to do diplomacy, I'm not so sure about the golf course."'

--Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on playing with pro-am partner Jason Bohn

 

 

Hahn_quote8. “You look over to the right, see the ocean and you think about how cool it would be to be a surfer. And I think the waves are perfect for surfing, and I just want to jump in there...once you just start thinking about that, everything is bound to fall in.”

--James Hahn on keeping his cool atop the leaderboard at Pebble Beach

 

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9. “Most of these guys kicked my butt on the regular tour, and I'm ready to change that.”

--Rocco Mediate on playing in his first Champions Tour event at the Allianz Championship

 

 

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10. He’s got a real bright future. It’s a marathon not a sprint, and he’s going to be one of the good ones.”

--Tony Romo on Pebble Beach pro-am partner Jordan Spieth

 

[Photos: Getty Images]

February 08, 2013

Hunter Mahan says Tour should penalize slow players

Posted at 2:10 PM by Mike Walker

MahanHunter Mahan said Thursday that he supports stroke penalties on players for slow play because fines have not been effective.

Pace of play is a constant source of hand-wringing on the PGA Tour, but the problem was pushed into the spotlight during the Monday final round at the Farmers Insurance Open two weeks ago when, due to the glacial pace in front of them, it took winner Tiger Woods' group almost four hours to play 11 holes. (Robert Garrigus played in the morning at Torrey, flew to Phoenix, checked into his hotel, and turned on the TV to watch the end of Tiger's round.)

Mahan, who had four holes to finish at Torrey that morning, said Thursday that players have the ultimate responsibility to pick up the pace at PGA Tour events.

HUNTER MAHAN: I think we would all like to play faster. The pace would be ‑‑ the game would be sort of better if the pace was faster and guys were not standing on tees and just waiting for someone to go play; it doesn't look good when the last group is just standing there with two other groups and waiting on a par 3 or something ridiculous. There's no reason to stop there. But it comes down to the players. It comes down to all of us making an effort to play faster. It's not a hundred guys playing slow; it's a few guys, and you know, I know that I don't want to be one of those guys. I want to play fast. I want to be ready to go every time it's my shot. There's a handful of guys, and unless those guys make a change, it's just going to be slow. It's a very slight thing that's going to bog everyone down. But it's going to come down to the players making decisions or changing the rules to make the rules for strict and have a heavy penalty.

Q. Do you think the TOUR could be more stringent in its policing of it?

HUNTER MAHAN: There's plenty of things that could be done. You're going to have to I think start giving guys shots because shots will affect the rounds a lot easier. Fines, ten, 15, it doesn't mean much. In the long term, it doesn't matter. Obviously that has not worked. So I think if you start popping shots for guys, they are going to start moving. But honestly it doesn't start on the first tee or the 12th tee; you should be here at this time. Like I said, it the players responsibility.

Q. Does it surprise you sometimes how long it takes some guys, just in watching their routine?

HUNTER MAHAN: What's frustrating is guys when it's their turn, they are the second or third guy and they are not ready to go. That's frustrating to me. There's no reason for that. If you're the last guy, it should take you ten seconds to hit, it shouldn't take you 50 seconds to hit. Even if allotted a certain amount of time, if you're the third guy to go, there shouldn't be much thought.

Q. In this economic era, what would get guys's attention more, 5,000 bucks or 20 FedExCup points?

HUNTER MAHAN: I guess FedExCup points. The 5,000 or ten or whatever however it works, it doesn't mean much in the long run. It's not going to make an impact.

But shots in the final round of a tournament, and say, hey, give me two, you guys have to go, you have to be here, it's two shots, that's going to get them moving in a hurry. FedExCup points, that could be huge in the end trying to make it from 125 to 100, that could be very big. Like you said, you'd have to figure out the points and stuff. But 5,000 doesn't obviously make much of an impact, that's for sure.

Photo: Hunter Mahan in the first round of the AT&T National Pebble Beach Pro-Am (Getty Images).
January 04, 2013

They Said It! Top 10 Quotes of the Week for Jan. 4, 2013

Posted at 11:55 PM by Mike Walker
Bubba1. Bubba Watson, on his history of panic attacks

 

“I’m afraid of three things: I’m afraid of crowds, I’m afraid of the dark, I’m afraid of heights.”

 


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2. Rory McIlroy, on why he might not compete in the 2016 Olympics

"I feel Northern Irish and obviously being from Northern Ireland you have a connection to Ireland and a connection to the UK. If I could and there was a Northern Irish team I'd play for Northern Ireland.”

 

Johnny3. Johnny Miller, on what he expects from Tiger Woods in 2013

"I think he's due for a win at the Masters. It'll be interesting to see if he can get all the little bugs out of his head."

 

 

Carl4. Carl Pettersson, on the anchored-putter ban

“It feels a bit like a witch hunt to me. They keep harping on the younger generation using them, but I think they're going to ban it because it looks bad.”

 

 

Caroline 5. Caroline Wozniacki, denying that she received an engagement ring from McIlroy

"It was a Christmas present and it fit on this finger and I put it on."

 

 

Gary6. Gary Player, on why he supports the ban on anchored putting

“If you have a slight tremble with putting, you can never be a superstar or win majors. Straightaway, when you anchor it, it takes away the tremor.”

 

 

Hunter7. Hunter Mahan, on his off-season visit to Israel in November

“There were missiles at Tel Aviv and we were in Tel Aviv. Once we heard that and once my wife heard that, she said, ‘We're out of here.’”

 

 

Charlie8. Charlie Beljan, on disliking food

“I've eaten the same Subway sandwich five days a week for the last eight years and haven't changed it, and I'm not willing to try.”

 

 

Stricker9. Steve Stricker, on his ‘semi-retirement’ at age 45

“When I get home, I'm not there. I'm focused on where I go next. ... I've had enough of being totally focused on golf.”

 

 

Monty10. Colin Montgomerie, on being elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame

“I had my fun in America but at the same time all good banter and good competition, and I'm very competitive, and so were they and it made it quite interesting.”

November 28, 2012

Pros at Tiger's tournament react to ban on anchored putting stroke

Posted at 3:51 PM by Jessica Marksbury

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Golf Magazine's Jessica Marksbury tracked down several pros, including U.S. Open winner Webb Simpson, right, during pro-am day at the World Challenge in Thousand Oaks, Calif. Here's what they had to say about the proposed anchoring ban that was announced today:

Keegan Bradley: "I'm just going to go along with what the USGA says. They're making the rules. I don't agree with it, but I understand that they're trying to protect the game the best they can. I'm going to go with the flow. [The ban] is not going to take place for another three years, so I've got some time to adjust."

Mark O'Meara: "I've always felt like it was probably a little bit of an advantage when you can anchor a putter somewhere against your body, so it's almost like a teaching aid, so I don't have a problem with [the ruling]. I think it's probably the right call. But I don't know about [the three-year grace period]. I'd put it in effect right away. If you're going to make a call, let's not go with a 'fiscal cliff' deal. Let's just make the call. Maybe a one-year grace period, but not three years."

Dustin Johnson: "I don't care. It really doesn't bother me one way or the other. I'll putt with a short putter."

Bo Van Pelt: "It's tough, just because so many guys have used anchoring for a long time, and to go back in retrospect and change something that's been allowed. I use the short putter, but there was a period in my career where I did use the belly putter and kind of went away from it, so I think you just kind of wait back and see. There are a lot of opinions and talk out there right now, and until they put something in stone, it's not going to affect me. I'm using a short putter now for the rest of my career, so it will be interesting to see what comes forward."

Webb Simpson: "I knew it was coming, and I don't feel any different than what I've been saying this whole time. It is what it is."

Bubba Watson: "My reaction is: three years from now? Some of the people are probably going to be retired by then. ... I don't understand. They make a rule, but [it goes into effect] three years from now. If they make a rule, why wouldn't it be immediate? It's just funny how it is. But a lot of people have some disagreements about it. But they changed the grooves and now they're changing the anchoring. If they make the rule change, then it's what they do, you know?"

Jason Day: "I haven't really thought about it. I can see it from both sides. I mean, some people think it might be a training aid, but you still have to putt the ball. It doesn't matter, you still have to hole the ball. I don't know where I'm at on it. Indifferent, really. I'm just staying out of the picture because a lot of guys use it, and I don't want to piss anyone off, so I'm staying out of it."

Hunter Mahan: "I guess I've never been a fan of anchoring. It kind of defeats the purpose to some of the game, and what the purpose of putting is, because putting is all about pressure and it's all about feel and it's all about handling adversity, handling things. With the anchoring in there it kind of takes that out of play, so I think it just kind of defeated the purpose. And I think the fact that kids or anyone just starting the game was starting with the belly putter was the main issue, so I think they had to act. You feel bad for guys who have never used a short putter before. I know guys like Keegan and Webb haven't used [a short putter] much in their whole careers, so I think that's unfortunate. But I think it's for the betterment of the game to make this ruling the way they did. And there's plenty of time, three full years. And I know Webb's putted with short putters before, and most all the guys that use a belly putter have used a short putter before, so I don't think it's going to be a drastic change for them. They're good players; they know how to adjust to things."

Jim Furyk: "We as a Tour were given a heads-up that something may be coming, so right now I think I'll go with what the Tour stated, that we really need to look at what they're trying to do and see how it affects us as a Tour, how it affects the game, and how it affects the players on our Tour and kind of figure out what we want to do from there. It would be kind of foolish for me, because of being on the board and because I represent all the players of the PGA Tour, to go out there and give you my personal opinion, just because I represent something much bigger and greater than that."

Brandt Snedeker: "I think that they're doing what they think is right. I'm 100 percent supportive of them. I've been against the belly putter for the last couple of years, and I think they're doing what they think is in the best interest of the game of golf in the long run, not what's in the best interest of the game of golf right now, but in the next 20 years of where they see the golf game going. I think we, as players, are kind of short-sighted, for the most part. We see how it affects us and what we do for a living, but the USGA has a responsibility to the bigger part of the game to make sure that we're heading in the right direction for the future of golf, and I support them 100 percent."

Graeme McDowell: "I thought they were very careful and very considered in their statements. They came up with the only verdict that they could have, really. Something had to be done. The integrity of the putting stroke had changed, and it's important going forward that they nip it in the bud, and I don't think anyone is surprised by what they've come up with. It's important it was done, and I think it's good for the game going forward."

(Photo: Warren Little/Getty Images)

November 12, 2012

Tweets of the Week: Manssero's win, McIlroy's cash, Lewis's prize and the Golf Boys return

Posted at 12:51 PM by Samantha Glover

Matteo Manassero won Barclays Singapore Open, and Rory McIlroy clinched the European money title:

 

Cristie Kerr ended a slump, and Stacy Lewis ended an American POY drought:

PGA and LPGA players thanked those who have served:

Ben Crane, Rickie Fowler, Hunter Mahan and Bubba Watson on the return of Golf Boys:

November 08, 2012

Truth & Rumors: Golf Boys 2.0

Posted at 11:37 AM by Samantha Glover

Ben Crane, Rickie Fowler, Hunter Mahan and Bubba Watson, known collectively as the Golf Boys, are back in the studio to record a follow-up to their first song, "Oh, Oh, Oh."

The foursome's first song, which was done as a charity fundraiser, reached more than 5 million views on YouTube. Here are some updates from the studio:

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October 25, 2012

Truth & Rumors: Missing the Ryder Cup still 'kick in the teeth' for Mahan

Posted at 11:40 AM by Mark Dee

Hunter Mahan, who was left off Davis Love III's Ryder Cup team in September, can't escape questions of his snub, especially after the American collapse at Medinah in which two of Love's picks (Steve Stricker and Jim Furyk) underperformed.

Mahan says missing the Cup still stings, according to a Reuters report:

"At the end of the day, I wasn't playing as well as the other guys, I've got no one to blame but myself really," he said in a teleconference on Thursday ahead of his participation in next week's Thailand Golf Championship.

"When you've made the last five teams, you know how much fun it is, you know how much you enjoy the process, hanging with the guys and playing the practise and so on.

"And when you're not there, you know what you're missing and it sucks. It feels like you let yourself down in a way. It definitely kicks you in the teeth a little bit."

His words seem pretty diplomatic given the catastrophic collapse of Love's team, especially since Furyk's putt at the last may have been America's worst Ryder Cup moment since…Mahan's chip in 2010.

October 16, 2012

Truth & Rumors: Tour will require Tiger and Rory to play Frys.com in next three years

Posted at 10:56 AM by Mark Dee

On Sunday, Sweden's Jonas Blixt, the 75th-ranked golfer in the world, clipped Jason Kokrak (205th) and Tim Petrovic (421st) to win the Frys.com Open by a shot.

But, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, he'll have some stiffer competition defending his first Tour win.

As Ron Kroichick reports, all eight players who skipped the Frys.com in favor of playing the Turkish Airlines World Golf Finals last week will be required by the Tour to head to the Bay Area sometime in the next three years to make up for the event they skipped.

That means some high-profile names could battle Blixt as soon as next year, when the Frys becomes the opening event of the PGA Tour's new calendar. Among them: Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Lee Westwood, Webb Simpson, Matt Kuchar and Hunter Mahan -- all players ranked in the top 20. This year, only two in the top 50 teed it up at CordeValle.

Woods alone is a big boost: According to the San Jose Mercury News, the Frys drew 75,000 fans in 2011, when Tiger played. This year, the tournament president said, the total numbers will not even match the 35,000 who came in 2010.

Next year's incarnation will be played Oct. 7-13, one week after the Presidents Cup. No rest for the world's best.





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