In golf, a little bit of momentum never hurts, and Hunter Mahan is certainly reaping the benefits of some excellent play of late.
In Friday’s second round at the RBC Canadian Open, Mahan fired an eight-under round of 64, tied for the second-lowest round of the tournament so far–trailing only John Merrick‘s course-record 62. It was pretty much a flawless round as Mahan went bogey-free, and making three straight birdies coming in could have his hot play carry over into the weekend.
“I kind of built off last week,” Mahan said. “I got some good things I’m doing with my swing and everything, and feel good about that. I’m just going out there and really trying to trust my game.”
This isn’t the first time this year that Mahan has come up big on the PGA Tour following a major. Following June’s U.S. Open, Mahan shot an opening-round 62 to start off the Travelers Championship, but rounds of 71-70-73 to finish out cost him a shot at the victory at TPC River Highlands.
Even though it must be difficult getting right back on the grind after coming so close at the Open Championship, Mahan is clearly enjoying the way Glen Abbey is playing. “The course is in great shape,” Mahan said. “Tee to green it’s fantastic. The greens are rolling pretty true. If you hit it well out here, par 5s, you can attack the par 5s.”
It probably doesn’t hurt Mahan’s perception of the course that he’s playing lights-out this week. He’s hit 25 of 36 greens in regulation, but his hot putter has kept him from giving back strokes. After the second round, Mahan ranks sixth in strokes gained – putting, and is averaging just 1.56 putts per green hit.
Good play tends to lead to more good play, and Mahan is looking to continue this hot streak through the weekend. After coming close to victory so many times this year, you know he’s not going to let this one slip through his fingers that easily.