The PGA Championship: Day 3
August 13 2011
2:22 pm Mahan proves resilient Saturday
By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — Hunter Mahan could have let that double bogey he made at the eighth hole on Saturday rattle him.
But he didn’t, and Mahan has a 66 to show for his efforts, a score that moved him back to even par through three rounds of the 93rd PGA Championship.
Mahan had birdied the fifth and sixth holes before the dreaded double bogey erased those red numbers. He regained his composure at the ninth hole, though, then birdied Nos. 10, 11 and 12 before getting a final one at the difficult 17th to shoot 31 on the back.
Mahan, who has three PGA TOUR victories, was particularly pleased with the way he battled back over the final nine holes..
"It was obviously very disappointing because I was playing so well and just missed one shot, and that’s the tough thing on this golf course," Mahan said. "… I’ve never seen guys play so well then all of a sudden have one bad hole and then another bad hole, and it’s not even holes, it’s one shot. It’s really one of the more one-shot penalizing golf courses I’ve ever seen.
"I knew the round wasn’t over because obviously you go through that first stretch, you can make some birdies. So I kind of just confirmed with myself that I’m hitting it good and don’t need to worry about the eighth hole. It was nice to hit it close on 10, make the putt on 11 and then played well from there."
The final group, with Keegan Bradley and Jason Dufner leading at 5 under, doesn’t tee off until 3 p.m. so it remains to be seen where even par will be in relation to the top of the leaderboard. But Mahan knows he’s at least given himself a shot, and he’s anxious to see what happens on Sunday.
"I feel good," Mahan said. "The game has been good for a while, I just haven’t been able to put it together, and today I kind of adjusted my attitude about things and didn’t let the eighth hole bother me and just tried to play golf. I’m doing a lot of things well, and I have to recognize that and allow that to happen."
Leave your comment
Receive information from The PGA of America about instruction, equipment and other features, and from the PGA TOUR about tournament news, products, and other features.
Thank you for signing up to receive information about current and future features and offers from the PGA of America and the PGA TOUR.