Inside the numbers: Mahan in the Playoffs
August 20, 2014
By Mike McAllister, PGATOUR.COM
- Hunter Mahan has never missed a start in the history of the FedExCup Playoffs. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Seven years ago, the FedExCup Playoffs debuted. Since that time, 28 Playoffs events -- four every year -- have taken place. The only player to appear in all 28 events? Hunter Mahan.
Mahan starts this week's FedExCup Playoffs ranked 62nd in points. That means he's guaranteed to extend the streak to at least 30 consecutive events, and likely to make it 31 straight with a decent result either at The Barclays or next week's Deutsche Bank Championship. But he'll have to work in order to reach the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola, which takes just the top 30 after the BMW Championship.
Mahan's Playoffs streak is a testament to his consistency during the regular season in the last seven years Until this week, Mahan's previous worst starting position entering the Playoffs was 31st in 2008.
As he told The Associated Press this week: "That's a lot of good golf for a lot of years, and I'm pretty proud of that." (Click here for full story)
Here's an inside look at Mahan's streak:
FEDEXCUP RANKING DURING PLAYOFFS
Mahan has never had to bust a bubble just to advance in the Playoffs, as his starting position entering the Playoffs has always given him breathing room. After the opening tournament in the Playoffs, Mahan has never been outside the top 30.
Year Entering Playoffs After Barclays After Deutsche Bank After BMW Final rank 2007 15 16 19 20 15 2008 31 25 20 16 18 2009 14 15 21 23 27 2010 7 7 8 15 18 2011 20 24 18 21 7 2012 6 12 14 23 19 2013 21 21 18 15 20
TOURNAMENT RESULTS DURING PLAYOFFS
Mahan has never won a FedExCup Playoffs event. The closest he came was at the 2011 TOUR Championship, when he lost in a playoff to Bill Haas. Had Mahan won, he would have claimed the FedExCup.
In his 28 starts, Mahan has five top-10 finishes. The Barclays is the only Playoffs event in which he doesn't have a top-10 finish. He has just two missed cuts (the BMW and TOUR Championship are no-cut events).
Year The Barclays Deutsche Bank BMW TOUR Champ. 2007 T-17 MC T-30 T-5 2008 T-31 T-15 T-8 T-17 2009 T-20 T-36 T-38 24 2010 T-31 T-33 T-37 15 2011 T-43 T-8 T-42 2 2012 MC T-39 70 T-8 2013 T-25 T-13 T-4 T-20
HUNTER MAHAN: PLAYOFFS FACTS & FIGURES
Has played 1,926 holes in the first seven years of the FedExCup Playoffs and is a collective 77 under
Holds a career stroke average of 70.02 in his 107 career rounds in the Playoffs. Has 56 rounds under par and 38 rounds over par
Has earned $5,666,169 in the Playoffs. That included tournament winnings plus FedExCup bonus money
Has 16 eagles during the Playoffs, the most by any player
His lowest round in the Playoffs is 62, which he has shot twice -- both times at The Barclays (Rd. 3 in 2007 and Rd. 1 in 2008)
His worst round is an 80, shot in the third round of the 2012 BMW Championship
He has made nearly 98 percent of his putts inside 5 feet during the Playoffs; only Greg Chalmers and Jason Day have a higher percentage
OH, SO CLOSE
As mentioned earlier, Mahan nearly won the FedExCup in 2011 when he reached a sudden death playoff with Bill Haas. He appeared to have one hand on the trophy on the second playoff hole, when Haas' approach shot landed in shallow water near the 17th green. But with his ball half-submerged, Haas chipped out to 2-1/2 feet to save par and stay alive in the playoff.
Haas then won the playoff and the FedExCup trophy on the third playoff hole after Mahan found trouble with his tee shot on the par-3 18th.
"I got very fortunate and pulled off a great shot," Haas said about his miracle chip from the water. "If I don't pull it off, I'm shaking Hunter's hand."
Said Mahan: "I thought I had won on the second playoff hole and then he hits it out of the water to two feet, so it seemed like he was destined to win this week. ... I don't know if I'll ever be in that position again, but it was fun."
Watch a replay of the Haas-Mahan duel in the video below
Recap: 2011 PGA TOUR Playoffs
MAHAN IN THE PGA TOUR SEASON
The only time Mahan has led the FedExCup points standings was during a seven-week stretch in 2012 after he won the Shell Houston Open. Mahan would eventually start the Playoffs ranked sixth in points that year.
His worst FedExCup position was 181st, which is where he stood after his first start of this season at the Farmers Insurance Open. In the first seven years of the FedExCup, his worst position was 128th, which is where he stood after his first start that year.
If you look at the second half of each season from 2007-13, Mahan's worst FedExCup position was 106th in week 22 of the 2007 season. He gradually moved up to 89th by the time of the Travelers Championship. He then won the Travelers -- his first win on the PGA TOUR -- to jump 70 spots to 19th.
Here's a look at his best and worst positions each year prior to the Playoffs.
Year Best FEC position Worst FEC position Weeks inside top 10 2007 12 128 0 2008 5 69 1 2009 13 104 0 2010 6 119 9 (2 more in Playoffs) 2011 6 66 3 (1 more in Playoffs) 2012 1 54 26 2013 4 68 8 2014 34 181 0
ShotLink's Alex Turnbull contributed to this report