FedExCup Spotlight: Hunter MahanDORAL, FL - MARCH 9: Hunter Mahan on the 6th hole during the third round of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship at TPC Blue Monster at Doral on March 9, 2013 in Doral, Florida. (Photo by Chris Condon/PGA TOUR)March 27, 2013
Each week, PGATOUR.COM will take a look at one of the FedExCup contenders in the field and break down his past performances at that week's event, FedExCup history, and potential for success in the 2013 FedExCup chase.
Fast becoming one of the TOUR’s most consistent performers, Hunter Mahan will be defending his fifth PGA TOUR title this week at the Shell Houston Open.
In good form to start the 2013 season, Mahan hasn’t missed a cut in eight starts, carding seven top-25 (and one 26th-place) finishes. The highlight has been a runner-up showing in the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship, where he was also defending a title.
Mahan picked up his first victory in the first year of the FedExCup when he claimed the 2007 Travelers Championship to crack the FedExCup top 20 for the first time. One of just three players to compete in all 24 Playoffs events, Mahan has penetrated the top 20 at some point each year but never made it into the top 10 until 2010.
In 2011, Mahan qualified for a playoff with Bill Haas at the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola with the FedExCup on the line. Mahan was unable to defeat Haas, but he’d laid the groundwork for a big time breakout the following year.
He started the 2012 campaign with seven top-25s in eight starts including wins at the Accenture and the Shell Houston Open to claim the top spot in the FedExCup standings for the first time. The 30-year-old is on a similar path this year (sans the first victory) and has a chance to make a splash with a title defense at Redstone.
Mahan's FedExCup finishes 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 15th 18th 27th 18th 7th 19th FedExCup highlights • Hunter Mahan held the FedExCup lead for nine weeks last year following his victory in Houston. • Mahan has played in all 24 Playoffs events in the FedExCup era. He's one of three players to accomplish this feat. • In those 24 Playoffs starts, Mahan has four top-10 finishes. • Since the inception of the FedExCup in 2007, Mahan has racked up five victories and 36 top-10 finishes in 160 events. • Mahan notched his best-career FedExCup finish (7th) in the 2011 season. • Mahan nearly won the FedExCup in 2011. If not for Bill Haas making a brilliant water save in a playoff with Mahan at East Lake, Mahan would have won the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola and the FedExCup that year. Mahan's Shell Houston Open results, FedExCup standings Year FedExCup before Shell result Points earned FedExCup after 2007 124th T5 912.00 72nd 2008 41st MC 0 47th 2009 53rd T6 86 40th 2010 10th MC 0 11th 2011 14th T8 75 12th 2012 9th Won 500 1st