Mahan shot even-par 70 Thursday at Oak Hill. (Redington/Getty Images)
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
PITTSFORD, N.Y. -- An even-par round in a major championship is rarely cause for concern.
So how did Hunter Mahan fel about his score Thursday at Oak Hill?
"Not very good," a disgusted Mahan said afterward. "Didn't hit it very good. Drove it terrible. Not what you're going to need to play this course well."
Mahan hit just eight fairways, but he still managed to hit 14 greens in regulation and at one point was as low as 2 under.
But with a soft golf course that received a quarter-inch of rain overnight, and a morning tee time, Mahan wasn't able to stay under par and finished with as many bogeys -- three -- as he did birdies.
"It's hard to be aggressive on the back pins because the ball is spinning back so much," he said. "The ball wasn't bouncing off the fairways like they have been, so it's affecting the course quite a bit."
Mahan has played in the final pairing on Sunday in each of the last two majors.
He's also look for his first career major. In the last 20 majors, there have been 18 different winners with 14 of them being first-time major winners.