Already with five PGA Tour wins in his career, Hunter Mahan appears on the precipice of breaking through in a major way. Last year at Merion, Mahan made a serious run at capturing a U.S. Open championship, playing in the final pairing on Sunday with Phil Mickelson before finishing in a tie for fourth.
Mahan came to Pinehurst over the weekend to get an early look at Pinehurst No. 2, the site of unprecedented back-to-back U.S. Open championships in June. He came away impressed by the Coore and Crenshaw restoration of No. 2, and, as he said, is eager to think his way around the U.S. Open at Pinehurst.
“It’s going to be interesting,” Mahan told us in the video above. “You can get some really good breaks out of there and … it could be easier than a sand shot; you could have pretty easy access to the greens. And then you can be in real trouble and (have to) think your way around it… I think you’ll see a lot of great shots out of there and a lot of terrible shots.”
“The USGA is going to have a lot of fun with it,” Mahan added.