With Tiger Woods out of the way, a new face stepped forward and joined the elite group of golfers on Sunday. Hunter Mahan joined the roster of winners by winning his first World Golf Championship title at the Bridgestone Invitational and secured a spot on the U.S. Ryder Cup team to boot.
After starting with four shots behind in the final round of the Bridgestone Invitational held at Firestone, Mahan was able to run off five birdies on the first nine and soon took the lead. He then had three clutch par saves and went on to finish off with a 6-under 64, winning over Ryan Palmer.
The victory is actually Mahan’s second for this year. After the Bridgestone earnings of $1.4 million, Mahan moved up the ranks and is currently seated at No. 2 in terms of the Ryder Cup standings. Only the PGA Championship tournament remains to be the obstacle. After the PGA Championship, the top 8 golfers will be qualifying for the Ryder Cup team.
On the other hand, despite his tumultuous and disappointing performance at Bridgestone, Tiger Woods remains seated at No. 1 in the world ranks for a whopping 270 consecutive weeks. During the tourney, Woods exited with a 77 to finish with 18-over 298, marking his highest score on the PGA Tour in his history of either pro or amateur.