September 14 2013
By PGATOUR.COM staff
LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Hunter Mahan recorded the 42nd ace in BMW Championship history when his tee shot at the par-3 17th rolled into the cup during Saturday's third round of the BMW Championship.
Mahan used a 5-iron to record the second ace of his career. His first ace was at the 2006 Zurich Classic of New Orleans.
"The wind was maybe just a little bit in and right to left, so it's a great pin to go after because it is on the left side," Mahan said after his round of 6-under 65, which moved him into the top 10 on the leaderboard.
"I hit it and I hit it solid. It was just left of the hole. Obviously needed a good kick, and I saw it bounce and I thought, it's going to be OK.
"From there, we just heard the roars, and it just got better and better."
Mahan not only picked up two strokes on the field, he also won a 2014 BMW I3 car. Also, a $100,000 scholarship in his name will be given by BMW to the Evans Scholars Foundation.
"That's awesome of BMW to do that, to have that Evans Scholarship," Mahan said. "I remember playing the Western Junior and hearing about it, and it's a great thing that they do. Caddies are a big part of golf, and it's awesome that a kid is going to have a great education, so that's amazing."
The 17th is playing at 210 yards in the third round.
The first ace in tournament history was recorded in 1910 by Otta Hackbarth. Mahan's ace is the fifth since the tournament became part of the FedExCup Playoffs rotation in 2007.