Weeks: Mahan back at RBC Open after birth of his daughter

Bob Weeks
7/24/2014 9:36:25 AM
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What would you have done?

That's the question a lot of golf fans were asking themselves after Hunter Mahan had to withdraw from the RBC Canadian Open last year to be home for the birth of his daughter.
Mahan, of course, was leading the tournament at the time, which made the exit that much more dramatic.

Now as any parent knows, there's nothing like being in the delivery room to see your child come into the world. And Mahan wasn't going to miss that.

"It's always one of those things for golfers," he said. "What if you had to go home and you were in the lead on Sunday or Saturday. It is kind of one of those crazy things you think about and discuss with your family and your wife, but most of the time it never really happens."

But it did happen to Mahan, of course. And no one questioned his departure, which worked perfectly thanks to a friend with a private jet that was sitting in Toronto.

"I talked to the doctor and he said you've got plenty of time, it's not one of those things that you have to rush, even though I was going to do everything I could to get there as soon as possible. So I hung up the phone and started the process of trying to get home."

Not everyone would have made the same choice as Mahan, however. I've talked to other pros who say they may have stayed and played. Most of those were less established players, ones who didn't have the security of a PGA Tour card locked up or a bank account with millions in it.
The thinking goes that dad could probably better provide for his new child by getting the win on the PGA Tour.

There's no easy choice, that's for sure. Obviously Mahan made the right one for him.

Food For Thought

And it's not all about golf for Mahan. He took Tuesday off from swinging the clubs to recharge the batteries after a long week at the British Open. He did a little walking around in Montreal and had lunch at Schwartz's Deli - of course it was Montreal Smoked Meat.

"That's a must," he said.

Gone Streaking

Mike Weir was in the interview room and I was surprised - although I probably shouldn't have been - when he said this was his 24th Open. That makes him old, but it makes me older.

I think his best answer of the Q&A was when he was asked about the 60-year drought of Canadians winning the tournament.

"It would be a nice streak to get over so we don't have to talk about it anymore."

Amen to that.

The Strokes

Jim Furyk comes into the Open well rested. Prior to the British, he took a month off, the first time he's done that in his career. But it's not surprising that he and other players are playing fewer events in the weeks leading up to this stretch.

That's because most of the top names are playing nine or 10 or 11 events through the FedEx Cup playoffs and, if they qualify, the Ryder Cup. Furyk is pretty much a lock to make that team.

Of course no player has it worse than Brandt Snedeker. Two of his major sponsors are RBC and Wyndham, which host non-major, non-WGC events in that stretch. If he plays all four playoff events he'll play nine consecutive weeks.

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