Golf world gets carried away with Mahan 'heroic' withdrawal

Hunter Mahan will be back in action next week at the PGA Championship. (Stan Behal/Toronto Sun)

Hunter Mahan will be back in action next week at the PGA Championship. (Stan Behal/Toronto Sun)

JON MCCARTHY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:16 AM ET

Is Hunter Mahan still allowed to wear those stupid flat-billed hats now that he’s a father?

Yes, this is what I took away from Mahan’s “heroic” withdrawal from the Canadian Open last weekend to be with his wife as she gave birth to their first child.

TV broadcasters were dripping with admiration for Mahan, going as far as to say he will always be remembered for his decision to leave Glen Abbey with the 36-hole lead. A minute later they referred to it as “his only choice.”

So what was it Jim Nance, a heroic decision or his only choice?

In the end, going home will be good for his golf game. After all, dead golfers rarely win tournaments and his wife would have killed him if he hadn’t left.

 


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