You Da Mahan
By Torleif Sorenson on 8/25/14

When the PGA Championship concluded two weeks ago, Hunter Mahan was sitting well outside the top 12 of the U.S. Ryder Cup points standings, in 25th place. And although he has played on the last four Presidents Cup teams, he missed the 2012 Ryder Cup squad.

Mahan is now hoping that Tom Watson will consider him for one of the three wildcard selections for the 2014 Ryder Cup team. The California-born, but Texas-raised golfer has demonstrated a pretty hot hand lately, having finished T-15 at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational at Akron and T-7 at the PGA Championship. He followed up rounds of 66, 71, and 68 with a Sunday 65 that was dampened only by a bogey at the last.

As a bonus, Mahan's wife Kandi, a former Dallas Cowboys cheerleader, and their daughter Zoe, actually flew to New Jersey from Odessa, Texas on Sunday to be with Hunter, when Kandi realized that her husband had a real chance to win. She said her husband was "in shock" when he saw them; they were not expected to join him until Tuesday, in preparation for the Deutsche Bank Championship outside Boston.

In fact, the only real downside of The Barclays was that Mahan could not avoid what Rory McIlroy did: A broken trophy:

He also made one special fan laugh when he blamed the broken trophy on him:

Let's hope that in between trips to his hair colorist, PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem reaches out to Black & Decker and asks if they have a trophy-making operation.

Fine showings

Australian Stuart Appleby had his best finish of the season. After seven missed cuts — three of them at the Greenbrier, the Canadian Open, and the Barracuda in Reno — and two withdrawals, Appleby needed some success. In the last two weeks, he has started to find some, having finished T-38 at the Wyndham in Greensboro last weekend. This past weekend, he shot 73-66-68-65 to tie for second, giving him his third top-10 finish for the season.

Cameron Tringale, who found himself in the golf spotlight for asking to be DQ'd from the PGA Championship, opened the tournament with a 66 and a 68. A 72 didn't allow him to move on Moving Day, but on Sunday, he had a momentary share of the lead and finished tied with Appleby for second with a 66 that, like Mahan, was marred only by a bogey at the last.

Also tied for second was Australian Jason Day, whose game has been hampered a bit by a thumb injury. Day has nonetheless won twice, at the World Cup last November and the WGC-Match Play in Tucson in February. His T-2 on Sunday goes nicely with a T-4 at the U.S. Open.

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GBogey says:
Golf is such a funny game. Somewhere around the 14th hole I said to my wife that Mahan was going to win because he was swinging like a winner. Every stroke was perfect. He then birdies 15 and 16 to take the lead, and then hits horrible shots on 17 and 18 to make it interesting and to have to save the day with two good putts. Like what happened to the guy who played the first 16 holes.
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