Hunter Mahan: A Lion on the Links
Former McKinney High Golf Star Hasn’t Let PGA Tour Success Change Him
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Hunter Mahan is a busy guy these days – and that’s understandable. The former McKinney High School standout was one of the hottest golfers on the Professional Golf Association Tour: No. 4 in the FedExCup standings and one of just three Tour pros with two or more wins this year.
“He’s having a great year,” says his former MHS Coach Jerry Crumpton, who now coaches at Boyd. “He’s at the point where he’s probably going to just get better and better. It’s going to be exciting when he wins his first major.”
Mahan, 30, has five Tour wins since turning pro eight years ago, including this year’s Shell Houston Open and the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship in Tucson. The Shell Houston Open victory perched him atop the PGA money list for a time and landed him fourth in the world rankings.
When interviewed, Mahan had just wrapped up play in the AT&T National in Maryland, a tournament he led after shooting a scorching second-round 65, before finishing tied for eighth. “It was a good week,” Mahan says. “I felt like I played pretty well. I just didn’t score as well as I wanted to on the weekend.”
“I think you just learn a lot when you’re on Tour by yourself, playing,” he says of his pro experience to date. “You see what it takes to beat the best players in the world. … You’re playing against guys that have been great players for a long time.”