What's in my bag? Hunter Mahan
THE BIG CHANGE
I was thrilled with winning at Hartford this year, but it all goes back to the second round of sectional qualifying for the U.S. Open (see Rosaforte's "Tour Insider: The Year In Review") My sport psychologist, Neale Smith, caddied for me, and I shot 73 the first round and was just waiting for bad things to happen. He was disgusted with the way I was acting, and he was 100 percent right.
I shot 63 in the second round and qualified. I've been playing pretty good ever since. I was so concerned with how I looked and how I swung, I forgot how to play and get the ball in the hole. I was able to let myself go out there and play and not criticize myself on the course as much.