13th Nov 2018 | RSM Classic

RSM Classic Tip: Hunter Mahan

Almost disappeared off the golfing map but came through the Finals and was posting some good underlying numbers on Tour last year without the results.

The wins of Matt Kuchar and Lee Westwood last week was an increasingly rare blow for the old guard and perhaps it can serve as inspiration for Hunter Mahan. The American is perhaps best remembered for the tournaments he’s lost rather than won but after bottoming out at 859 in the world he is on the way up again.

The 36-year-old had the ignominy of going through the Finals to regain his card and he performed with credit, registering a second place at the DAP Championship.

The positive signs have been there in the numbers. Despite his struggles, Mahan finished last season ranked inside the top-35 on tour for Strokes Gained off the tee and putting, he also ranked in the top-50 for driving accuracy and GIRs. Those sort of numbers are well suited to Sea Island, a classic lay-out that is not particularly long but relies on a degree of accuracy.

1pt Hunter Mahan e/w 200/1 with William Hill
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