Rory McIlroy's attempt to take over No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking was the main story heading into Sunday afternoon's championship match at the WGC-Accenture. By Sunday evening, though, the focus had shifted to Hunter Mahan, the latest player to grab the title of "the next great American golfer."
In recent years, among others we've seen the likes of Anthony Kim, Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler, Nick Watney and Bill Haas lay claim to that distinction. Thinking Mahan, who climbed to a career-best No. 9 in the rankings, is now the guy may be a bit premature, but at 29 he now has the best resume of that bunch with four PGA Tour wins, including two World Golf Championships. Here are the highlights from his latest conquest:
Watered-down field or not, Huh winning in his fifth-ever PGA Tour event is impressive. If he plays anything like this the rest of his rookie campaign, he'll probably be teeing it up in Arizona at this time next year rather than defending his title.
-- Alex Myers