Oklahoma States Hunter Mahan
Spring 2003: Finished 12th at the Mercedes-Benz Championship; third at the Puerto Rico Classic; sixth at the Las Vegas Intercollegiate
2001-2002 (Sophomore): Named a first-team All-American after registering three wins and nine top-10 finishes during his first season for the Cowboys ... was the third consecutive OSU player to be named the Big 12 Player of the Year ... was an All-Big 12 selection ... one of 10 finalists for the Ben Hogan, honoring the nations top player ... finished the season ranked No. 4 in the Golfweek/ Sagarin rankings ... also the top-ranked player in District V ... was named to the GCAA All-Central Region team ... earned a spot on the U.S. Palmer Cup squad, posting a 1-2-1 record to help the Americans capture their second straight win at the event ... tallied a 70.51 stroke average during the season, giving him the ninth-best average in NCAA history ... stroke average was tops in the Big 12 Conference and more than a stroke better than the second-best total ... won his first tournament as a Cowboy at the Jerry Pate Intercollegiate, posting scores of 68-72-65 for an eight-under total of 205 ... second victory came at the Ping Arizona Intercollegiate with a 10-under 203 score after firing rounds of 67-68-68 ... set the school 18-hole scoring record during the first round of the U.S. Collegiate, posting a 10-under 62 to break the old mark of 63 held by four players ... the 10-under-par total tied him for the third-lowest total in relation to par in NCAA history ... won the event with a 12-under 204 total with rounds of 62-73 and 69 ... recorded 16 sub-70 rounds on the season ... finished under par in seven of the squads 13 tournaments ... tied for nintha at the Long Cove Invitational with a one-over 214 total ... tied for third at the Morris Williams Intercollegiate with a two-under 213 score ... finished the season with four consecutive top-10 finishes, placing fourth at the Big 12 Championship (E), fifth at The Maxwell (E), seventh at the NCAA Central Regional (-2) and third at the NCAA Championship (-6) ... halved his match with Georgias Ryan Hybl at the 2002 East-West Match .. was the squads top finisher nine times ... was 30-under versus par on the year.
2000-20001 (Freshman): Played in five events for USC during the fall, finishing in the top five four times ... posted back-to-back wins at the Windon Memorial and the Red River Classic ... fired a career and school-best 63 during the second round of the Jerry Pate, where he finished fourth ... with his win at the Windon Memorial, Mahan became the first Trojan medalist since 1997 ... finished tied for fifth at the Northwest Classic ... three-round total of 204 at the Red River Classic was the lowest 54-hole total by a Trojan since 1985 ... best spring finish came at the Pac-10 Championships where he finished second after firing four consecutive sub-70 rounds ... also posted top-10 finishes at the U.S. Intercollegiate (t-4th) and The Maxwell (t-9th) ... finished the year with a 71.15 stroke average ... named the Freshman of the Year in the Pac-10 ... was a first-team all-conference performer as well ... named a second-team All-America.
Amateur: Received an exemption into the PGAs Texas Open for 2002 ... was named to the 2002 U.S. World Amateur Team along with Arizonas Ricky Barnes and Clemsons D.J. Trahan ... capped a busy summer schedule by reaching the championship match at the 2002 U.S. Amateur .... defeated Brent Wanner 4 and 3 in the first round, John Merrick 2 and 1 in the second round, Conner Robbins 1-up in the third round, Henry Liaw 3 and 2 in the quarterfinals, and Dustin Bray 1-up in the semifinals before falling 2 and 1 to Ricky Barnes in the title match ... became the first OSU player since Trip Kuehne in 1994 to reach the finals ... finished tied for 28th during stroke play at the event with scores of 70 and 71 (+1) ... moved up to No. 3 from the No. 8 spot in the Golfweek/Titleist Amateur rankings after his finish at the U.S. Amateur ... claimed medalist honors at the U.S. Amateur sectional qualifying with a two-round 141 total for a three-stroke victory ... recorded a five-under total to finish seventh in the stroke play portion of the Western Amateur before losing 2 and 1 in the first round of match play ... finished tied for 19th at the Porter Cup with a two-over 282 total after posting rounds of 67-74-69-72 ... lost on the 21st hole during the first round of match play at the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship ... shot a six-under 66 to hold the first-round lead and a one-under 71 to finish tied for third during stroke play at the Pub Links ... his round of 66 set a new course record at The Orchards Golf Club ... finished fifth at the 2002 Sunnehanna Amateur after carding a two-under 278 total that included rounds of 70, 70, 64, 74 ... won two of his three matches, defeating Taichiro Kiyoto (71 to 72) and Takuya Taniguchi (72 to 76), last summer at the 2001 Fuji Xerox USA vs. Japan Collegiate Golf Championship en route to helping the U.S. to its seventh consecutive victory ... advanced to the second round of match play at the 2001 U.S. Pub Links with a 2 and 1 victory over Thomas Halla ... qualified for the 2001 U.S. Amateur missing the cut with a 147 total ... carded a six-over 286 total to finish tied for 25th at the 2001 Porter Cup ... finished tied for 27th at the 2001 Northeast Amateur with a 71-71-73-70'285 total ... played in his first PGA event in 2000, firing a 36-hole total of 140 (E) at the Canon Greater Hartford Open to miss the cut by one shot ... defeated Aaron Pellegrom 2-up and Ricky Barnes 3 and 2 to advance to the quarterfinals of the 2000 U.S. Amateur before falling 3 and 2 to eventual champion Jeff Quinney ... was the top-ranked junior golfer in the country in the 1999 Golfweek/Titleist rankings ... was the 1999 USGA Junior champion, defeating Camilo Villegas 4 and 2 in the final ... medalist at the 1998 Scott Robertson Memorial Tournament ... named McKinney Highs MVP all four years ...1999 Texas 5A state champion after posting scores of 70 and 68 for a one-stroke victory ... posted more than 100 victories during his junior golf career ... also won the 1999 Western Junior Championship, 1999 North South Golf Championship, 1999 AJGA Polo Golf Championship ... victorious at the 1999 World Golf Team Championship in Japan ... tabbed as the 1999 American Junior Golf Associations Player of the Year after posting back-to-back AJGA wins at the Polo Golf Junior Classic and the Scottsdale Junior Classic to go along with three non-AJGA wins and five runner-up finishes ... finished the season with a 71.04 stroke average in 16 national tournamentes ... earned AJGA second-team All-America status in 1998 ... competed internationally as a member of the USA World Team in 1999 ... was a member of the 1998 USA Junior Ryder Cup squad. posting a 1-0-1 record ... also was on the 1997 U.S. squad that competed against Canada ... finished second at the 1999 AJGA Rolex Tournament of Champions with a four-round total of 284 that included a second-round 64 to set the course record at the Scarlet Course.
Personal: Hunter Myles Mahan ... born May 17, 1982 in Orange, California ... parents are Cindy and Monte Mahan ... pursuing a business degree at Oklahoma State.
Schauffele just fine being the underdog
CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Following a breakthough season during which he won twice and collected the PGA Tour Rookie of the Year Award, Xander Schauffele concedes his sophomore campaign has been less than stellar, but that could all change on Sunday at The Open.
Schauffele followed a second-round 66 with a 67 on Saturday to take a share of the 9-under-par lead with Jordan Spieth and Kevin Kisner.
Although he hasn’t won in 2018, he did finish runner-up at The Players and tied for sixth at the U.S. Open, two of the year’s toughest tests.
“Growing up, I always hit it well and played well in tough conditions,” Schauffele said. “I wasn't the guy to shoot 61. I was the guy to shoot like 70 when it was playing really hard.”
Sunday’s pairing could make things even more challenging when he’ll head out in the day’s final tee time with Spieth, the defending champion. But being the underdog in a pairing, like he was on Saturday alongside Rory McIlroy, is not a problem.
“All the guys I've talked to said, 'Live it up while you can, fly under the radar,'” he said. “Today I played in front of what you call Rory's crowd and guys were just yelling all the time, even while he's trying to putt, and he had to step off a few times. No one was yelling at me while I was putting. So I kind of enjoy just hanging back and relaxing.”
Open odds: Spieth 7/1 to win; Tiger, Rory 14/1
Only 18 holes remain in the 147th Open Championship at Carnoustie, and the man tied atop the leaderboard is the same man who captured the claret jug last year at Royal Birkdale.
So it’s little surprise that Jordan Spieth is the odds-on favorite (7/4) to win his fourth major entering Sunday’s final round.
Xander Schauffele and Kevin Kisner, both tied with Spieth at 9 under par, are next in line at 5/1 and 11/2 respectively. Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, both four shots behind the leaders, are listed at 14/1.
Jordan Spieth: 7/4
Xander Schauffele: 5/1
Kevin Kisner: 11/2
Tiger Woods: 14/1
Francesco Molinari: 14/1
Rory McIlroy: 14/1
Kevin Chappell: 20/1
Tommy Fleetwood: 20/1
Alex Noren: 25/1
Zach Johnson: 30/1
Justin Rose: 30/1
Matt Kuchar: 40/1
Webb Simpson: 50/1
Adam Scott: 80/1
Tony Finau: 80/1
Charley Hoffman: 100/1
Austin Cook: 100/1
Spieth stands on brink of Open repeat
CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Jordan Spieth described Monday’s “ceremony” to return the claret jug to the keepers of the game’s oldest championship as anything but enjoyable.
For the last 12 months the silver chalice has been a ready reminder of what he was able to overcome and accomplish in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, a beacon of hope during a year that’s been infinitely forgettable.
By comparison, the relative pillow fight this week at Carnoustie has been a welcome distraction, a happy-go-lucky stroll through a wispy field. Unlike last year’s edition, when Spieth traveled from the depths of defeat to the heights of victory within a 30-minute window, the defending champion has made this Open seem stress-free, easy even, by comparison.
But then those who remain at Carnoustie know it’s little more than a temporary sleight of hand.
As carefree as things appeared on Saturday when 13 players, including Spieth, posted rounds of 67 or lower, as tame as Carnoustie, which stands alone as The Open’s undisputed bully, has been through 54 holes there was a foreboding tension among the rank and file as they readied for a final trip around Royal Brown & Bouncy.
“This kind of southeast or east/southeast wind we had is probably the easiest wind this golf course can have, but when it goes off the left side, which I think is forecasted, that's when you start getting more into the wind versus that kind of cross downwind,” said Spieth, who is tied for the lead with Xander Schauffele and Kevin Kisner at 9 under par after a 6-under 65. “It won't be the case tomorrow. It's going to be a meaty start, not to mention, obviously, the last few holes to finish.”
Carnoustie only gives so much and with winds predicted to gust to 25 mph there was a distinct feeling that playtime was over.
As melancholy as Spieth was about giving back the claret jug, and make no mistake, he wasn’t happy, not even his status among the leading contenders with a lap remaining was enough for him to ignore the sleeping giant.
But then he’s come by his anxiousness honestly. Spieth has spent far too much time answering questions about an inexplicably balky putter the last few weeks and he hasn’t finished better than 21st since his “show” finish in April at the Masters.
After a refreshingly solid start to his week on Thursday imploded with a double bogey-bogey-par-bogey finish he appeared closer to an early ride home on Friday than he did another victory lap, but he slowly clawed his way back into the conversation as only he can with one clutch putt after the next.
“I'm playing golf for me now. I've kind of got a cleared mind. I've made a lot of progress over the year that's been kind of an off year, a building year,” said Spieth, who is bogey-free over his last 36 holes. “And I've got an opportunity to make it a very memorable one with a round, but it's not necessary for me to prove anything for any reason.”
But if an awakened Carnoustie has Spieth’s attention, the collection of would-be champions assembled around and behind him adds another layer of intrigue.
Kisner, Spieth’s housemate this week on Angus coast, has led or shared the lead after each round this week and hasn’t shown any signs of fading like he did at last year’s PGA Championship, when he started the final round with a one-stroke lead only to close with a 74 to tie for seventh place.
“I haven't played it in that much wind. So I think it's going to be a true test, and we'll get to see really who's hitting it the best and playing the best tomorrow,” said Kisner, who added a 68 to his total on Day 3.
There’s no shortage of potential party crashers, from Justin Rose at 4 under after a round-of-the-week 64 to 2015 champion Zach Johnson, who also made himself at home with Spieth and Kisner in the annual Open frat house and is at 5 under.
Rory McIlroy, who is four years removed from winning his last major championship, looked like a player poised to get off the Grand Slam schneid for much of the day, moving to 7 under with a birdie at the 15th hole, but he played the last three holes in 2 over par and is tied with Johnson at 5 under par.
And then there’s Tiger Woods. For three magical hours the three-time Open champion played like he’d never drifted into the dark competitive hole that’s defined his last few years. Like he’d never been sidelined by an endless collection of injuries and eventually sought relief under the surgeon’s knife.
As quietly as Woods can do anything, he turned in 3 under par for the day and added two more birdies at Nos. 10 and 11. His birdie putt at the 14th hole lifted him temporarily into a share of the lead at 6 under par.
“We knew there were going to be 10, 12 guys with a chance to win on Sunday, and it's turning out to be that,” said Woods, who is four strokes off the lead. “I didn't want to be too far back if the guys got to 10 [under] today. Five [shots back] is certainly doable, and especially if we get the forecast tomorrow.”
Woods held his round of 66 together with a gritty par save at the 18th hole after hitting what he said was his only clunker of the day off the final tee.
Even that episode seemed like foreshadowing.
The 18th hole has rough, bunkers, out of bounds and a burn named Barry that weaves its way through the hole like a drunken soccer fan. It’s the Grand Slam of hazardous living and appears certain to play a leading role in Sunday’s outcome.
Perhaps none of the leading men will go full Jean Van de Velde, the star-crossed Frenchman who could still be standing in that burn if not for a rising tide back at the 1999 championship, but if the 499 yards of dusty turf is an uninvited guest, it’s a guest nonetheless.
It may not create the same joyless feelings that he had when he returned the claret jug, but given the hole’s history and Spieth’s penchant for late-inning histrionics (see Open Championship, 2017), the 18th hole is certain to produce more than a few uncomfortable moments.
Wandering photographer costs McIlroy on 16
CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Rory McIlroy bogeyed two of his last four holes Saturday to fall four shots off the lead at The Open.
One of those mistakes might not have entirely been his fault.
McIlroy missed a short putt on the par-3 16th after a photographer was “in a world all his own,” wandering around near the green, taking photos of the crowd and not paying attention to the action on the green.
“It’s fine,” McIlroy said after a third-round 70 put him at 5-under 208, four shots off the lead. “It’s one of those things that happens. There’s a lot of people out there, and it is what it is. It’s probably my fault, but I just didn’t regroup well after it happened.”
McIlroy also bogeyed the home hole, after driving into a fairway bunker, sending his second shot right of the green and failing to get up and down.
“I putted well,” he said. “I holed out when I needed to. I just need to make the birdies and try to limit the damage tomorrow.”