Ok, Hunter Mahan’s victory over Rory McIlroy 2 & 1 was not as exciting as last week’s heart pounding sudden death playoff. However, I did thoroughly enjoy the McIlroy vs. Lee Westwood grudge match. Every time Westwood made McIlroy finish a close putt, you could feel the tension between the two former besties.
It is especially interesting to watch the players that thrive in match play with the Kiawah Ryder Cup not too far away. Side note: does anyone remember Stewart Cink busting out the gamesmanship on McIlroy in the last Ryder Cup?
McIlroy has an A game to be sure, but it’s keeping it turned on when playing against less flashy opponents that will keep him ahead of the field on Sundays. It is so much fun watching him play, but I can’t help but get nervous. When he hits a bad shot or two in a row he loses momentum and most importantly, his focus.
Mahan’s steady play may not be as eye catching as his bright hats or music videos, but he showed McIlroy that star power and drive aren’t the only winning ingredients.