Rex Hoggard - February 28, 2012


The best thing about Hunter Mahan winning the WGC-Accenture Match Play is that it shows how far Hunter has come since the dramatic loss to Graeme McDowell in Singles in the 2010 Ryder Cup. Before he got married, he used to be married to his golf game but now he is more relaxed on the course and he is also happier off the course.

He asked Mahan’s caddie John Wood if that week was the best ball-striking week he had seen from Hunter and Wood said it certainly was one of them and also added that he found it funny that so many people keep going back to the 2010 Ryder Cup because as far as Hunter is concerned, he was a different person in a different time.

Kyle Stanley earned a place in the field for the WGC-Cadillac Championship last week but a number of notable players are on the outside looking in including Jim Furyk, Ernie Els, and Retief Goosen. These players have been staples in Majors as well as the top 50 in the world and it is amazing that all three of them are at The Honda Classic trying to earn a place in the field for next week’s WGC event at Doral.

Over the last 3 or 4 years, The Honda Classic has had the biggest upgrade in terms of quality of field and course helped in large part by the work of Honda Classic Executive Director Ken Kennerly and the involvement of Jack Nicklaus and his charities. Further evidence of the upgrade is the fact that Tiger Woods is playing in this event for the first time as a professional.