Mahan lays to rest long, emotional year


ATLANTA – Some final-round 66s are better than others.

For Hunter Mahan, his 4-under card at the Tour Championship may not have netted a title, or the $10 million FedEx Cup, but it was the end to a long and emotional run.

Mahan got off to a scorching start this season, winning the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship in March and the Shell Houston Open less than a month later. But after that he struggled, posting just a single top-10 finish and he was passed over for a pick by U.S. Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III.

His 2-under total at East Lake will likely be a gratifying top 10, but not as gratifying as a much-anticipated hiatus. Mahan, who has missed just one event since the British Open in July, plans to play next month’s Turkish Airlines World Golf Final, an eight-man unofficial event, and the Tiger Woods World Challenge in late November.

“There are things that I need to get ready for next year and work on the game and try to figure out what’s the best way to attack the year and get the most out of it,” Mahan said.

In between those sparse starts, Mahan plans to vacation in Italy with his wife the week after the Turkish Airlines event, attend a few Oklahoma State football games and relax.

“Not worry about anything,” he smiled on his way out of East Lake.