Mahan Captures the WGC Accenture Match Play
In this week's WGC Accenture Match Play, 64 of the world's best players competed at the rugged Dove Mountain Course in Marana, Arizona. After four days of competition only four players remained. All four players choose FJ shoes and gloves to help them compete week in and week out on the worldwide stage.
With the all FJ final four set, Hunter Mahan (FJ ICON and StaSof) took on Mark Wilson (FJ ICON and SciFlex) in the first match this Sunday. Hunter Mahan, playing some tremendous golf, took down Wilson 2 & 1 to to be the first competitor in the Championship match.
Rory McIlroy (FJ SPORT and Pure Touch Limited) would take on Lee Westwood (FJ SPORT and Sciflex) in the other semifinal match. Falling three down through the first four holes, McIlroy responded brilliantly winning four of the next five holes taking a one up lead into the back nine. Rory did not look back, eventually defeating Westwood 3 & 1.
In the Championship match and potential Ryder Cup preview, the red hot Hunter Mahan; who led the field in birdies, took on the world number two golfer in Rory McIlroy. Both players showed nerves on the opening hole exchanging bogies. On the next three holes both players went birdie, birdie, bogey to remain all square.
Mahan then beat McIlroy on the sixth, seventh, and eighth holes to open a three up lead. He would add the tenth hole to go four up. Fighting back, McIlroy won the eleventh with a chip in for eagle. Keeping the pressure on Mahan, Rory birdied the fourteenth to further wear away the Mahan lead. It would not be enough, as the players would halve the next three holes to give Mahan a 2 & 1 victory over McIlroy.
Mahan, showing some humility, "I got hot there in the middle of the week and was able to ride it out," adding, "He’s (McIlroy) the best player in the world right now, I knew he’d made a charge, and he did.”
McIlroy also spoke highly of Mahan, " He was solid as ever. He’s a deserving champion.”
This is Hunter's second World Golf Championship win and the victory moves Hunter into the top ten on the official world golf rankings.
In the consolation match, Wilson defeated Westwood one up to finish third and fourth respectively for the Championship.Link to this entry!!!!