15th Oct 2015 | Fortinet Open
Mahan Driven To Victory
Room off the tee should help a player who struggled with driver last season. Finished T3 last year.
The 2014/15 season was one of the worst in Hunter Mahan’s career. A top-50 in the FedEx Cup and $1.6m in earnings would be excellent by most people’s standards but it was the lowest return for Mahan since 2006.
The good news is that the season restarts on Thursday so he doesn’t have to wait long to rectify the situation.
Mahan’s problems stem from the tee-box. He was 131st in driving accuracy last season, when he is more accustomed to being in the top-50.
Despite his woes off the tee, there was still a smattering of good results with four top-10s including one at this event. Like last year’s champion Sang-moon Bae, he has a good record at Riviera with four top-25s in last seven starts.
Silverado can be forgiving, Mahan only hit 55% of fairways on the way to a T3 last year and any improvement off the tee should see him go close at 55/1 (Betfred).
Odds correct at time of publishing: 06:03 15th Oct, 2015 but subject to change