NORTON, Mass. – It was a signature Hunter Mahan round – 12 of 14 fairways hit, 16 of 18 greens in regulation, no bogeys. It was strange, however, to hear one of the game’s best ball-strikers walk off TPC Boston on Friday looking for consistency.
“It’s been off and on the last couple of weeks, so I’m going to try to find some consistency there,” said Mahan, who carded an opening 65 at the Deutsche Bank Championship and was two shots off the early lead.
Where Mahan sees a lack of consistency the last few weeks – he tied for 57th at the PGA Championship and 25th at last week’s playoff opener in New Jersey – others may think it’s a question of sleep deprivation.
Mahan withdrew from last month’s Canadian Open with the 36-hole lead to fly home to Texas for the birth of his first child. Since then he’s been, well un-Mahan-like. But his flawless card on Friday seemed to be more the norm.
“I hit a lot of fairways, a lot of greens. Made a great par save on 11, which was nice,” said Mahan, who is one of just three players to advance to the Tour Championship in the six years of the FedEx Cup. “It was a solid round.”