BY MIKE FIELDS
Hunter Mahan has accomplished a lot in his career as a professional golfer, but what he did in Kentucky 10 years ago holds a special place in his heart.
He’s won six times on the PGA TOUR; he’s finished in the top 10 in each of the four majors; and he’s earned $30 million since getting his tour card 14 years ago.
But the most exciting golf event he’s ever been involved in was a team endeavor: helping the United States beat Europe in the 2008 Ryder Cup at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville.
Mahan won more points (3½) than any American in helping the U.S. win the biennial competition for the first time since 1999.
Mahan, who’s back in the Bluegrass State playing in the Barbasol Championship (and high on the leaderboard at 10-under par going into the weekend), was asked what the highlight was of that September weekend 10 years ago.
“To pick one thing is impossible,” he said. “It was just a fantastic week, being with all the guys and (captain) Paul (Azinger).
“The energy from the crowd was absolutely electric. It was unlike anything I’d ever seen or been a part of. It didn’t feel like golf; it felt like a rock concert half the time. Just great intensity, a fire, but just so much fun to be part of.”