Mahan playing first event as a father at Oak Hill


PITTSFORD, N.Y. – Hunter Mahan is playing his first competitive event as a father at this week’s PGA Championship, but he’s been preparing for this for months.

“Ever since we found out Kandi was pregnant, I've definitely asked a few guys kind of what they do or if there was any secret, or how do you balance life in that way,” he said Tuesday in advance of the year’s fourth major. “I talked to Justin Leonard and guys like Matt Kuchar and Sneds [Brandt Snedeker]. It seemed intimidating to me at first before I had her, but now kind of having her, I kind of feel like it's easier, because now it's family and golf. … Maybe we'll travel, but I know we'll always be together. I know they have no real interest in being apart for that long.”

Mahan gained worldwide attention for withdrawing before the third round of the RBC Canadian Open two weeks ago while in the lead. He returned home to Dallas in time to see the couple’s first child, Zoe Olivia, born later that night.

He said that not only does he not regret the decision at all, but he’s universally received support for the decision.

“I haven't met anyone who has said I made the wrong decision,” he maintained. “I went on Twitter just a little bit kind of after everything to see what the response would be, because usually [on] Twitter they tell me how much I suck all the time and how dumb I am, so I figured somebody would say, ‘You're an idiot; you didn't know what you're doing; you can't throw away.’ But I didn't see that. Maybe I didn't look far enough down.”

Seeking his first major title, Mahan will tee off Thursday at 7:35 a.m. ET on the 10th hole at Oak Hill Country Club alongside Paul Casey and Billy Horschel.