Huh? Mahan and Johnny Question Mark Score W’s
An ex-Dallas Cowboys cheerleader, an underground basketball court, $20 million in the bank from golfing his ball, and swagger. I just listed four things that Match Play Champion Hunter Mahan has that I will never have.
Sunday he snagged his 2nd World Golf Championship with a 2&1 win over Rory McIlroy, who would have claimed the #1 spot in the World Golf Rankings with a win. Hunter got hot, and he’s proven that he borderline unbeatable when he hits his 5th or 6th gear. Simply put, Mahan is everything an American golf fan could look for in today’s modern player.
Mahan is part of the infamous “Golf Boys” boy band with fellow tour members Rickie Fowler, Ben Crane and Bubba Watson. The OK State grad rocks a flat brim, shades, and loves to party off the course. He’s regularly rolling around with Anthony Kim, who infamously went through 75 bottles at a Vegas Party, then mysteriously withdrew from the tournament that week in Sin City. What’s not to love about that?
Now the married Hunter has a Ryder Cup embarrassment, a close call at the Fed Ex Cup against eventual champion Bill Haas, and the lack of a major championship to keep him motivated. Never the longest or flashiest, but a real threat to win on any kind of course…
Who’s this kid?
John Huh. That’s his name.
It’s time for us to give you the background on the PGA Tour Rookie, who beat Tour veteran Robert Allenby in an entertaining 8 hole playoff. This kid is quite a story. Huh has literally been thrust from nowhere to the center of the golf world in 6 months time. 21 years young, Johnny Question Mark got his PGA Tour card by going through all three stages (a total of 16 rounds scored for qualifying in two months). He had never played in a PGA Tour event, never played in a Nationwide Tour event, and he never played in a college event. In fact, Huh left Cal State Northridge after two weeks to turn pro in Korea. So much for college life. Did he even get in one frat party?
The win came in only his 5th professional start on American soil, and he joins a nice little list of young stars to win before 22: guys like Tiger and Rory. It may be a flash in the pan, but with so much time for Johnny ? to learn the ropes on Tour (he’s exempt for 3 years now), you can only expect to see a lot more of him on the leader boards. Here’s to Huh? and Hunter!