Hunter Mahan is the only man to play in every FedExCup event since the Playoffs began in 2007. After winning the Barclays, New Jersey this weekend, the American has guaranteed his place in the final Playoff event of the series once again, extending his impressive run.
The world No.19 shot a six-under-par final round of 65 to finish the tournament on 14-under, winning by two shots from nearest rival Stuart Appleby. He’s now first place in the FedExCup rankings after starting the week in 62nd spot.
"I think that's basically saying that I haven't really had a bad year in that span." - Hunter Mahan
His win means he will definitely play at the end of season finale, the Tour Championship, Atlanta, for a record eighth time.
“That's a lot of golf over a lot of years,” said the 32-year-old. “I think that's basically saying that I haven't really had a bad year in that span and that feels really good.
“Like I said, there's been a lot of great players who haven't done that. I'm extremely proud of that fact.”
The 2012 WGC - Accenture Match Play Championship has missed five cuts this season, and by his own standards has been poor. Now back in the winners circle for the first time in two years, Mahan is savoring the victory.
“I haven't played my best this year,” he said. “So to get a win in an event like this and the timing that it was feels unbelievable, so I'm extremely proud of myself right now.”
Hunter Mahan :: a Ryder Cup pick?
Mahan came 15th at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational at the beginning of the month, and was tied seventh at the PGA Championship. Now, with a win so close to next month’s Ryder Cup, Mahan is in the running for a wildcard pick from US captain Tom Watson.
“I’ve been thinking about it for a few weeks,” admitted Mahan. “I don't know who he's thinking about or what his process is, but I need a strong couple of weeks, a strong couple of Playoff events to have a chance.
“Obviously a win helps a lot, playing well at the PGA helped a lot. I have no idea what he's thinking or if he has any sort of strategy. But I think a win is a good step in the right direction."