NEWPORT, Wales – PGA Tour pros aren’t overly sympathetic when a fellow player hits a shot he thinks lost a tournament, but it’s different at Ryder Cups.
Mahan’s teammates rallied hard around Mahan after he chunked a chip at the 17th green Monday in the anchor match Europe won to claim the cup.
American captain Pavin spent time with Mahan in the clubhouse before the team headed to the closing ceremony and the media center.
“It’s very important to be there for Hunter,” Pavin said. “It’s a very difficult spot to be in. He’s doing his best. It’s obviously very raw right now.”
Davis Love III, an assistant captain, said the disappointment got harder for Mahan the farther he got away from the 17th green
“I think after he’s thought about it, it’s gotten harder,” Love said.
Assistant captain Paul Goydos said the fact that Mahan was fit into the anchor slot speaks to the confidence the team had in him and Mahan has in himself.
“There aren’t many guys who would take that spot,” Goydos said. “Listen to the players, they’ll tell you there are guys who don’t want it. Hunter wanted it. That tells you something about him.”