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September 13 2012

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FedExCup preview: Hunter Mahan

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The top 30 in FedExCup points are headed to East Lake for the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola. Here’s a look at Hunter Mahan, one of the 30 players who will contend for the FedExCup title.

SCENARIOS TO WIN FEDEXCUP: For Mahan to win the FedExCup, he MUST win the TOUR Championship and have the following scenarios fall into place:
> Rory McIlroy (No. 1) finishes 15th* or worse
> Tiger Woods (No. 2) finishes T-5 or worse
> Nick Watney (No. 3) finishes 3-way tie for 3rd or worse
> Phil Mickelson (No. 4) finishes T-3 or worse
> Brandt Snedeker (No. 5) finishes in a 3-way tie for 2nd or worse
> Louis Oosthuizen (No. 6) finishes T-2 or worse
> *Tie for the FedExCup
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SEASON IN REVIEW: Mahan will likely look upon the 2012 season with mixed emotions. The 30-year-old won twice in his first seven starts, but only posted one top-10 finish in his next 15 and lost out on a chance to play in the Ryder Cup. One of those victories came at the Accenture Match Play Championship, where he beat Rory McIlroy in the title match. He also came from two strokes back to win the Shell Houston Open. -- Helen Ross

PATH TO TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP: Here’s a look at Mahan’s results in the first three events of the 2012 FedExCup Playoffs:
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Tournament
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Tournament finish

70

T-39

CUT

FEC ranking after event

15th

22nd

24th

PREVIOUS FEDEXCUP FINISHES: Here is how Mahan has finished in previous Playoffs appearances:

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2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

FedExCup finish

7th

18th

27th

18th

15th

EAST LAKE HISTORY: This is Mahan’s fifth PGA TOUR start at East Lake. He record there was unremarkable until 2011, when he squared off in a playoff for the title with Bill Haas before losing on the second extra hole.

ALBERS’ QUICK TAKE: Fred Albers, on-course correspondent for SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio, provides a quick look at Mahan:
I walked with Hunter most of the week during his Accenture Match Play Championship, and I was at Redstone for his Shell Houston Open victory as well. It’s hard for me to figure out why he hasn't played well this summer. I watched him grinding on the putting green on a Saturday afternoon missing the cut at The Barclays. Mahan’s a hard worker who’s had a good year but a tough summer.

WATCH: Mahan wins the Shell Houston Open

PLAYER PAGE: Click here for more on Hunter Mahan Now it’s your turn.

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