SAN FRANCISCO – Quietly, clinically Hunter Mahan has forged a dominant course this week at the WGC-Cadillac Match Play.
For two days the 2012 Match Play champion has not lost a hole, has led following every hole and has improved his record in the event to 19-6, becoming just one of three players (Tiger Woods and Geoff Ogilvy) to have at least 19 victories.
Just don’t tell him he’s had it easy.
“That’s lucky to say the least,” said Mahan, who is a combined 6 under par through 27 holes following his 5-and-3 victory over Ben Martin on Thursday. “It doesn’t feel stress free when you are out there. Some good play and a little bit of luck.”
Still, unlike Rickie Fowler and John Senden, who are also 2-0 and have locked up a spot in Saturday’s Sweet 16 regardless of Friday’s outcome, Mahan still has to beat Matt Kuchar on Day 3 to advance.
Mahan beat Kuchar in the quarterfinals in 2012, 6 and 5, and lost to him, 2 and 1, in the finals in 2013.