He came up just short at the 2013 U.S. Open. He wasn’t the only golfer to falter in the midst of Merion Golf Club. Just the same, Hunter Mahan should bounce back and play well this week at the Travelers Championship. In fact, he’s my favorite this week at TPC River Highlands.
He struggled over the final 18 holes in suburban Philadelphia, carding a five over par 75 to finish tied for fourth place. He was in the hunt until he fell apart over the incredibly difficult four-hole closing stretch. He played the final four holes in four over par. Had he managed to successfully navigate those holes he would have been in the thick of the race.
Mahan is already the career money leader at this event. He’s made the cut eight out of 11 times and has a victory, two second place finishes and a tie for fourth. Clearly he’s comfortable on this track. Golfers like nothing more than coming to a course that puts them in their comfort zone – particularly after a disappointing outing the previous week.
Even though he has yet to record a victory so far in 2013, Mahan has been playing well. He’s ranked eighth in total driving, 39th in greens in regulation and 30th in strokes gained – putting. Those stats indicate that his game has been consistent all around this year. There isn’t one part of his game that is exceptionally good or overwhelmingly bad. If he continues to play the way he has to this point in the year it’s only a matter of time until he picks up a win.
And this week seems like as good of a time as any for Mahan to get into the winner’s circle.