Hunter Mahan

Hunter Mahan
Personal information
Full name Hunter Myles Mahan
Born (1982-05-17) May 17, 1982
Orange, California
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight 175 lb (79 kg; 12.5 st)
Nationality  United States
Residence Colleyville, Texas
Spouse Kandi Harris (m. 2011)
Children Zoe
College Oklahoma State
Turned professional 2003
Current tour(s) PGA Tour (joined 2003)
Professional wins 9
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 6
Other 3
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament T8: 2010
U.S. Open T4: 2013
The Open Championship T6: 2007
PGA Championship T7: 2014
Achievements and awards
Haskins Award 2003
Ben Hogan Award 2003

Hunter Myles Mahan (born May 17, 1982) is an American professional golfer who plays on the PGA Tour. He is a winner of two World Golf Championship events, the 2010 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and the 2012 WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship.

Amateur career

Mahan was born in Orange, California. He had a successful amateur career, winning the 1999 5A Texas State High School Golf Championship while attending McKinney High School and the 1999 U.S. Junior Amateur.

After high school, Mahan enrolled at the University of Southern California, where he was named Pacific-10 Conference Freshman of the Year. Mahan only played one year at USC before he transferred to Oklahoma State University, where he was a two-time Big 12 Conference Player of the Year and a two-time first-team All American. Mahan was the runner-up at the U.S. Amateur in 2002, in which he was defeated by Ricky Barnes 2 & 1. In 2003 he won the Haskins Award for outstanding collegiate golfer and was co-winner of the Ben Hogan Award.

Professional career

Mahan turned professional in 2003 and made it through qualifying school to earn a PGA Tour card for the 2004 season. His first PGA Tour victory, which came at the 2007 Travelers Championship, lifted Mahan into the top 100 of the Official World Golf Rankings.[1]

In August 2007 Mahan entered the top 50 in the world rankings, and in that year finished 15th in the FedEx Cup. His performances in 2007 saw U.S. Presidents Cup captain Jack Nicklaus choose Mahan as one of two captain's picks for the U.S. team. By March 2008 he had reached the top 30.

On February 28, 2010, Mahan won his second PGA Tour event, beating Rickie Fowler by one stroke at the Waste Management Phoenix Open.[2] On August 8, 2010, Mahan won his third PGA Tour title at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. He beat Ryan Palmer by 2 strokes.[3]

Mahan won his second WGC tournament in February 2012 at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship. He defeated Rory McIlroy, 2 and 1, in the final.[4]

Mahan recorded his fifth career PGA Tour victory in April at the Shell Houston Open and moved to fourth in the Official World Golf Ranking, making him the highest-ranked American for the first time.[5] In defense of his title he won in 2012, Mahan reached the final of the 2013 WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship but was beaten 2&1 by Matt Kuchar.

In August 2014, Mahan won the first of the year's four FedEx Cup playoff events, The Barclays. He won by two strokes from Stuart Appleby, Jason Day and Cameron Tringale during a final round that saw six different players share the lead at some point. He birdied three of his last four holes to pull clear of the field. This was Mahan's first ever playoff victory and his sixth overall title on the PGA Tour.[6]

Mahan was selected by Tom Watson as one of his three captain's picks for the 2014 Ryder Cup team, finishing with a record of 1–2–1 in the four matches he participated in. This included a halved match against Justin Rose in the singles competition.[7]


Mahan's sponsors include Under Armour, Titleist, Ping, BioSteel Sports Supplements Inc., NetJets, FootJoy, Clubface Golf, RBC Golf Pigeon, and Ace Hardware.[8]

Personal life

Mahan is one of four golfers in the PGA Tour boy band "Golf Boys" (with Rickie Fowler, Ben Crane and Bubba Watson). The Golf Boys have a popular YouTube video for the song "Oh Oh Oh". Farmers Insurance donates $1,000 for every 100,000 views of the video. The charitable proceeds support both Farmers and Ben Crane charitable initiatives.[9]

Mahan married Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader and Dallas Mavericks dancer Kandi Harris in 2011. On July 27, 2013, Mahan withdrew from the RBC Canadian Open before the third round after getting news that his wife had gone into labor. Mahan was the 36-hole leader at that point, taking a two-stroke advantage into the third round. A daughter, Zoe, was born early the next morning.[10] PING (one of his sponsors) created two gold-plated putters to celebrate her birth (the putters have her name, birthday, and vital statistics inscribed on them).[11]

Amateur wins (2)

Professional wins (9)

PGA Tour wins (6)

World Golf Championships (2)
FedEx Cup playoff event (1)
Other PGA Tour (3)
No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of
1 Jun 24, 2007 Travelers Championship −15 (62-71-67-65=265) Playoff United States Jay Williamson
2 Feb 28, 2010 Waste Management Phoenix Open −16 (68-70-65-65=268) 1 stroke United States Rickie Fowler
3 Aug 8, 2010 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational −12 (71-67-66-64=268) 2 strokes United States Ryan Palmer
4 Feb 26, 2012 WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship 2 and 1 Northern Ireland Rory McIlroy
5 Apr 1, 2012 Shell Houston Open −16 (69-67-65-71=272) 1 stroke Sweden Carl Pettersson
6 Aug 24, 2014 The Barclays −14 (66-71-68-65=270) 2 strokes Australia Stuart Appleby, Australia Jason Day
United States Cameron Tringale

PGA Tour playoff record (1–2)

1 2004 Reno-Tahoe Open Australia Stephen Allan, United States Scott McCarron,
United States Vaughn Taylor
Taylor won with birdie on first extra hole
2 2007 Travelers Championship United States Jay Williamson Won with birdie on first extra hole
3 2011 The Tour Championship United States Bill Haas Lost to par on third extra hole

Other wins (3)

Results in major championships

Tournament 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Masters Tournament T28 DNP DNP DNP DNP CUT T10
U.S. Open CUT DNP DNP DNP T13 T18 T6
The Open Championship DNP T36 DNP T26 T6 CUT CUT
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP CUT T18 CUT T16
Tournament 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Masters Tournament T8 CUT T12 CUT T26 T9 54
The Open Championship T37 CUT T19 T9 T32 T49 DNP
PGA Championship T39 T19 CUT T57 T7 T43 DNP

DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied
Yellow background for top-10.


Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 0 0 3 4 10 7
U.S. Open 0 0 0 1 2 4 10 5
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 2 3 11 8
PGA Championship 0 0 0 0 1 4 10 7
Totals 0 0 0 1 8 15 41 27

World Golf Championships

Wins (2)

YearChampionship54 holesWinning scoreMargin of victoryRunner-up
2010 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational 4 shot deficit −12 (71-67-66-64=268) 2 strokes United States Ryan Palmer
2012 WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship n/a 2 & 1 Northern Ireland Rory McIlroy

Results timeline

Results not in chronological order prior to 2015.

Cadillac Championship DNP T44 T53 T30 9 T24 T25 T9 65
Cadillac Match Play Championship DNP R32 R32 R64 R16 1 2 R16 R16
Bridgestone Invitational T22 T10 T4 1 T37 T55 DNP T15 72
HSBC Champions DNP T21 T7 DNP DNP T28 T19

U.S. national team appearances



See also


  1. "Week 25 - Hunter Mahan breaks into world top 100 with playoff win in the Travelers Championship". Official World Golf Ranking. June 25, 2007. Retrieved July 6, 2011.
  2. "Mahan Uses Late Surge to Win Phoenix Open". New York Times. Associated Press. February 28, 2010. Retrieved March 1, 2010.
  3. "Hunter Mahan wins Bridgestone Invitational victory". BBC Sport. August 8, 2010. Retrieved August 9, 2010.
  4. DiMeglio, Steve (February 6, 2012). "Mahan denies McIlroy in Match Play final". USA Today. Retrieved April 1, 2012.
  5. Duncan, Chris (April 1, 2012). "Hunter Mahan wins Houston Open". San Jose Mercury News. Associated Press. Retrieved April 1, 2012.
  6. "Hunter Mahan birdies his way to win". ESPN. August 25, 2014.
  7. "Ryder Cup Golf Leaderboard". ESPN. September 28, 2014.
  8. "Hunter Mahan's Sponsors". Retrieved October 23, 2013.
  9. "Golf Boys - Oh Oh Oh (Official Video)". June 13, 2011. Retrieved June 17, 2011.
  10. "Hunter Mahan leaves to be with wife". ESPN. July 31, 2013. Retrieved October 23, 2013.
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