Hunter Mahan understands that if it had not been for his putting, the Tour Championship and the FedEx Cup could very possibly have been his. Mahan lost to Bill Haas on the third playoff hole at East Lake on Sunday, but he believes that it is not the play from the tee to the green that cost him the win but in fact knows that it was his lack of making the putts. Talking about his play with the media he said,
“I couldn’t have been happier with the way I played,” said Mahan, who shared the lead overnight. “I just can’t make a putt. I didn’t have my first birdie until 15 and I had a ton of looks. They were close, too.
“Just didn’t make a putt.”
The stats do back up Mahan’s words, he hit 10 of 14 fairways and 14 of 18 greens in regulation in his one-over 71 on Sunday. Although he needed 33 putts over the 18 holes, which left him 27th in a 30-man field. That is where his game lacked the most.
Mahan missed four putts inside 10 feet in regulation on the day, the game was getting out of his hands at that point, had he made just one of those, he would have been in a very strong position and might have even come out as the winner without the need of a playoff.
“I feel like I hit good putts,” Mahan said. “I didn’t feel like they were bad strokes. They were just kind of misreads. Some were too high, some were too low and I could never get any kind of momentum going the right way.”
Even though he had to suffer a disappointing defeat, Mahan looked upbeat and in a positive frame of mind, he mentioned that he took a lot of positives from the game on Sunday and throughout the year he has had ups and downs and his learning curve has been a sharp one this year.
“If I’ve learned anything, I can’t be really disappointed,” Mahan said. “I can’t be mad or disappointed or angry about the day. That’s not what it’s about.
“I don’t know if I’ll ever be in that position again, but it was fun.”