Year in Review: Mahan steps up only at big events

Hunter Mahan heads into the 2014 season with a renewed push and an eye toward qualifying for the U.S. Ryder Cup squad in September.

Mahan ended up 20th in the FedEx Cup Standings in 2013 after ending up 18th on the tour Money List at more than $3.6 million.

Making 22 of 25 cuts on the season, Mahan lost to Matt Kuchar 2& 1 in the final of the WGC-Accenture Match Play in February. He knocked out match play wizard Ian Poulter to reach the finals. He also beat former major champions Martin Kaymer and Webb Simpson during his run in Arizona.

The former Oklahoma State golf standout seemed to step up during the high-profile events. He finished T-4 at the U.S. Open four back of champion Justin Rose and also ended up T-9 at the Open Championship.

During the FedEx Cup Playoffs, Mahan’s best effort was a T-5 at the BMW Championship.

He ended the calendar year at No. 31 in the Official World Golf Ranking. Mahan is a 40-to-1 selection at to win the PGA Tour’s Money List in 2014.

Other Golf News:

  • World No. 1 Tiger Woods turned 38 years old on Dec. 30th. Woods made all 16 cuts in 2013 on the PGA Tour finishing first on the Money List. He was tops in the All-Round category and second in Scoring Average.
  • The world of golf lost several high-profile individuals in 2013 including World Golf Hall of Fame member Ken Venturi, television announcer Pat Summerall and 11-time PGA Tour and 24-time Champions Tour winner Miller Barber. Rest in Peace.
  • Long hitting Brooks Koepka led the European Tour in Driving Distance at more than 318 yards. He made 10 of 12 cuts playing a limited schedule and finishing 113th on the Money List.
  • Former Rolex Ranking No. 1 Yani Tseng spent most of November recovering from her hernia operation. Tseng spent 109 weeks at the top spot, but has slipped to 29th in the world ranking. She finished 2013 without a victory – the first year win-less season in her past six LPGA Tour campaigns.