Hunter Mahan has a thing for Canada. The winner of the WGC-Accenture Match Play has developed a team of Canucks which have been behind his drive into the top 10 of the Official World Golf Ranking.
Mahan is taught by Sean Foley, represented by Chris Armstrong, has physio work done by Dr. Craig Davies and Jim Murphy is his sports psychology therapist. All of them are from Canada, which dawned on Mahan in response to a question about Murphy on Tuesday at Doral.
'No, he's Vancouver. Canada. Canadian. I like Canadians for some reason, I don't know why. Surrounded by them,' Mahan said, drawing laughter.
Murphy has been instrumental in helping Mahan move past the ups and downs of a round of golf.
“It's like what I feel like I should have gotten a good break or got a good bounce or that putt should have lipped in or something like that. It not that way; golf is not out to get me. I don't have bad luck. You know, it just is what it is,” Mahan said.
Having a hot putter helps ease the mind, as well. Switching to a Ping Nome prototype for the Match Play, Mahan wields the flat stick with confidence.
“I just got some confidence with it, and you know, feel good with it now,' he said.