PARAMUS, N.J. – Two years after feeling “empty” after failing to make the U.S. Ryder Cup team, Hunter Mahan made a pretty strong case to be one of captain Tom Watson’s three wild-card selections by winning The Barclays on Sunday.
“Obviously a win, it helps a lot; obviously playing well at the PGA helped a lot,” he said. “I have no idea what he's thinking or if he has any sort of strategy. But I think a win is a good step in the right direction.”
Mahan has some unfinished business overseas. Four years ago at Celtic Manor, he lost the deciding singles match to Graeme McDowell, a turn of events which left him devastated in the aftermath.
“It was a sour feeling. I think Geoff Ogilvy had the best quote of team events: 'It's the most fun you'll ever have, until you figure out you're going to lose.' Until that moment you're going to lose, and it's like, oh, that really stinks.
“But that's truth of it. Everybody gets so geared up for it, man, and you just see these emotions come out of people that you just never thought existed. I think it allows people to be free and just to go out there and play golf because you want to win for no other reason. It's really an honor to be part of the team, and I think with this win, I've got a chance.”