There are some things in life that are just more important than sports – even if you’re a professional athlete. This is something that Hunter Mahan found out all too well today. Mahan was the 36-hole leader at the RBC Canadian Open, but he won’t be playing the weekend. He bowed out of the tournament not because of injury, but rather because his wife went into labor.
Mahan isn’t the first athlete – or even golfer – to put family obligations before their profession. I’m sure he also won’t be the last. Bubba Watson took several weeks off after he and his wife adopted their infant son last year. More recently, Phil Mickelson was in the press for skipping practice rounds at the U.S. Open so he could attend his daughter’s eighth grade graduation in California.
I find it incredibly interesting that people are shocked that a man would withdraw from a golf tournament to be with his wife while she is in labor with their child. To me, that decision would be a no-brainer. Mahan is going to have plenty of chances to win golf tournaments in the future, but this is a once in a lifetime event.
His sudden departure has opened the tournament up to a larger portion of the field, so the rest of the guys in contention right should be happy that Mahan chose to stash his clubs in favor of a hospital bracelet and a trip to the maternity ward.
Kudos to Mahan for not caring what anyone thinks and keeping his priorities in order. Hopefully everything goes smoothly for the Mahan family as they welcome their new addition.