Mahan WDs from Firestone to spend time with family


Hunter Mahan has withdrawn from this week’s WGC-Bridgestone Invitational to spend more time with his wife and newborn daughter. He will return at next week’s PGA Championship.

In a statement released through the PGA Tour, Mahan said: “I have elected to officially withdraw myself from the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational so that I can take the opportunity to spend this precious first week at home with Zoe. 

“I intend to resume my playing schedule at the 2013 PGA Championship at Oak Hill. I would like to thank the PGA Tour for supporting my decision not to play this week.” 

Mahan was leading by two shots after two rounds of last week’s RBC Canadian Open, but while warming up on the range Saturday he received a call that his wife, Kandi, had gone into labor in Dallas. He abruptly withdrew from the event and was home in time see the birth of the couple’s first child.

Mahan, 31, has four top 10s in 20 starts this season, and he has played in the final group in both summer Opens.