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The Tour Report

July 20 2013

1:56 PM

Mahan's 68 has him in major mix

Hunter Mahan finished fourth at this year's U.S. Open. (Redington/Getty Images)

Hunter Mahan shot a 68 Saturday at Muirfield that has him in contention in a second consecutive major. He's the first player at The Open Championship to complete 54 holes under par, finishing at 1-under 212.

Mahan played alongside Phil Mickelson in the final group of this year’s U.S. Open, shooting a final-round 75 to finish fourth, four shots behind winner Justin Rose. Mahan started this week with just one top-10, a sixth-place finish in 2007, in eight previous Open Championship starts.

“I'm just trying to play golf,” Mahan said. “I'm not trying to add to anything and make it more than it is, just enjoying kind of the opportunity of playing in a major, playing in a British. I enjoyed it playing at the U.S. Open. I enjoyed playing with Phil. I didn't think that was a distraction or a hindrance or anything. You just kind of accept things and appreciate them.”

Mahan, a five-time PGA TOUR winner, is still seeking his first major title. When asked what’s kept him from claiming a Grand Slam event – his fourth-place finish at this year’s U.S. Open was the best of his career in a major – he replied, “Not being good enough, I guess. Probably my short game hasn't probably been as strong as it needed to be. But I'm chipping and putting, I think, great and doing all the right things. So I feel comfortable with my game and excited about the opportunity and just have to go out there and trust it and let it happen.”