Hunter Mahan Wins Accenture Match Play
By mustang6560 on 2/27/12
Hunter Mahan prevented Rory McIlroy from ascending to the top of golf Sunday with a 2&1 defeat of the Northern Irishman in the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship.
Thanks to Luke Donald's first-round exit, the McIlroy-Westwood winner would move into the No. 1 spot with a win at Dove Mountain. Westwood has been the No. 1 player before; McIlroy hasn't.

Mahan didn't want it to happen for either guy. Not on his watch.

"Deep down, you wanted to postpone that crowning of the No. 1 player in the world for Rory," he said.
It took Hunter 19 holes to get past Zach Johnson in the first round of the Accenture Match Play, but he dominated his next three matches en route to the 36-hole finale Sunday. He defeated Y.E. Yang 5&3 in the second round, Steve Stricker 4&3 in the third round and Matt Kuchar 6&5 in the fourth round.

Life is good for the Texas resident. He just celebrated his one-year anniversary with his wife Kandi, who is a former Dallas Cowboys cheerleader, he's building a 19,000 square foot mansion in the outskirts of Dallas and he just picked up his fourth career PGA Tour victory. The only thing that could make life better is a major win or a shot at redemption in the 2012 Ryder Cup.

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Torleif Sorenson says:
I'll bet that if I could afford to build a 19,000 square-foot home, mine would be a lot simpler. Three bedrooms, three and 3/4 baths, a good-sized kitchen, with walls insulted to R-35 and the ceiling insulated to R-90. Total: 1,850 square feet.

That leaves exactly 17,050 square feet for the 200' x 85' all-weather hockey rink in back and for the lakefront access. :)
mjaber says:
@Torleif- you forgot the indoor hitting bay and short-game practice area, complete with adjustable green slope, firmness, and bunker depth.
Torleif Sorenson says:
I thought about that, especially considering winters here in Minne-snow-ta. But if I ever have enough money to build that stuff, I would, theoretically, have enough money to bolt town whenever I wanted to go where the courses are open. :)
bkuehn1952 says:
I always wonder what people thought about as "must haves" prior to making the big dollars. Hard to believe that Hunter Mahan or any of these pros thought to themselves when they were 16, "gee, if I ever make it big I want a 19,000 square foot house." So what changes their perspective? Probably the idea that you have to keep up with the other guys on tour. If Phil or Tiger has a castle then many of the tour pros seem to think they have to have a castle, too.
larrynjr says:
seems kind of crazy to own this huge mansion that you only live in a month or so per year. Being on tour, doesn't leave much time to enjoy what you've got that way. I'd much rather invest my money for future needs, rather than blow it on a huge house.
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