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Hunter Mahan Gives New Meaning To Quitting To Spend More Time With His Family

Adam Schupak with the amazing WD by Canadian Open 36-hole leader Hunter Mahan.

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I would guess there is a new type of appearance fee .. such as:

The prize for winning the tournament is $1 million. We'll pay you a $750,000 appearance fee against your prize money. As in .. if you win, you'll get $250,000 additional.


07.28.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDD
Hard to find fault with such an important personal decision.
07.28.2013 | Unregistered Commentertlavin
It's a no brainier. There will always be another golf tournament. But there will nerver be another 1st baby. Best wishes to Hunter and family.
07.28.2013 | Unregistered CommenterRob
07.28.2013 | Unregistered CommenterRickABQ
Well done
07.28.2013 | Unregistered CommenterChicago pt
Hunter's story made the 1010-WINS radio loop here in the city. They rarely report on anything golf related.
07.28.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDTF
And the guy had any other choice? This is a non story. If he played on he would look like the biggest loser in the history of fatherhood.
07.28.2013 | Unregistered CommenterVwgolfer

Get your point, and it's not uncommon to WD in this circumstance, but when was the last time it involved the weekend leader? That is the part that makes it noteworthy, regardless of its no-brainer status.
07.28.2013 | Unregistered CommenterRES
Would this have been a different story if he had been leading by 2 after three rounds of the PGA?
07.28.2013 | Unregistered CommenterMark B
Davis Love Jr. was playing in The Masters when DL3 was born.

Forgot to mention, on 1010 WINS they are calling it The Million Dollar Baby!
07.28.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDTF
It is not a non story because he was the leader.

It is a good story about a good man doing what he should do. Man, vdub, can't you feel good about that?

Huner and family- all the best. I used to give you crap about being a mumble mouth, but you must have had speech lessons for all those Ping commercials, and you now are intelligable. Well done.
07.28.2013 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
I wish my dad had skipped my birth and left me an extra $1 million.
07.28.2013 | Unregistered CommenterChema
I believe Freddie Jacobson was also leading (Quail Hollow?) and made the same decision. 2004 or 2005?
07.28.2013 | Unregistered CommenterJeff
Chema, if your Dad had done so and compounded at 4% on your 18th birthday he could have handed you over $2,000,000 ;0)

(ignores taxes, which in this day and age looks to be an impossibility)
07.28.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDTF
Meanwhile, ESPN2 apparently decided NOT to return for the finish of the Senior Open Champ. They are showing a USOpen tennis tuneup instead.
07.28.2013 | Unregistered CommenterMedia maven
And it's a girl -- Zoe Olivia. Congratulations to the Mahans.

And although the Canadian Open usually suffers from following the Open directly, he leaves a very attractive leaderboard behind him, including some who played last week.
07.28.2013 | Unregistered CommenterGhillie
I realize no one cares and this isn't really the place to post but is the Open Champ. the first "major'' not to have its finish televised since.....unless Espn15 or something is showing it..quite an interesting finish as herr Langer doubled the last to go into a playoff with Wiebe. be a blow to Langer but he'll likely bounce back and win a few more champs. events. Just surprised no one is showing it.
07.28.2013 | Unregistered CommenterMedia maven
Update/correction if anyone cares: they flashed on scroll that it's airing on ESPNNews, which my cable system does not include.

If langer wins playoff he will not be affected but if he loses it....quite a blow.
07.28.2013 | Unregistered CommenterMedia maven
I really don't think this is that big a deal. He couldn't very well find out his wife was in labor on Friday and then wait until Sunday to fly home. I've always said in these situations the decision is in the mother's hands. Do they want their husband to come running home? Or do they want to keep the news to themselves for a day or two and provide him with a surprise on top of the thousands in prize money. Missing a birth would suck...but I've been in three delivery rooms. It's not all that and a slice of cheese. Had I missed one, I'd have been irked (as would my wife) but that'd last about a day.
07.28.2013 | Unregistered CommenterLip Out
Anyone else see Snedeker's ball get jostled when it was in the junk on 12? Are we going to have another post-round video review before scorecards are signed?
07.28.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDTF
Did Dustin Johnson just dust the sand while kicking his shoes with the club?

4th round... hole 17
07.28.2013 | Unregistered CommenterJohn C
John, didn't see it....but to quote my Dad, a Navy pilot....Dustin did in fact "shat in his mess kit" on 17!!

Rick Reilly got his answer in pretty short order....
07.28.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDTF
Dustin Johnson is rapidly turning into the Freddie Couples of his generation - supremely talented, effortless distance, ladies seem to likey, should win much more often, and throws away tournaments on a regular basis.

So much fun to watch (but not so much to bet...I bet him at 10-1 this morning!!!)
07.28.2013 | Unregistered CommenterManku
@DTF if he missed brushing the sand, it would've been real close...

he did the instinctive kick the sand/dirt from underneath shoes after his failed bunker shot with ball still in there...

happened quick but i don't think he lifted his foot much to kick its side. (I don't do the HD or pause technology, so no way to check.)

Not that it matters much now except for money.
07.28.2013 | Unregistered CommenterJohn C
Jacobsen was two shots off the lead when he withdrew from Wachovia in 2004 and DL2 did not withdraw from 1964 Masters. So, when was the last time this happened? Has it ever?
07.28.2013 | Unregistered CommenterRES
I would hope that Snedeker buys the Mahans one hell of a new baby gift!
07.28.2013 | Unregistered CommenterRickABQ
My Dad played in the Golden Isles Invitational the day I was born ;) I did wait until 8pm to turn up... Think he shot 73 that day, about 90 the next!
07.28.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDTF
Do we all agree that shoving the Canadian Open into the huge shadow of the Open Championship is an unfortunate situation? How can anyone win the coveted 'triple crown' with British and Canadian back to back, after winning the US Open (In theory). When Tiger did it, the Canadian was in September, well away from other major tournaments. What was once the 5th major, is now just the 43rd most important golf week on most guys' calendar. Thanks to guys like Ernie and Furyk who keep supporting it, but it deserves a little more respect, one would think.
Tim in NZ, I agree completely. The Canadian Open is the 3rd oldest tournament in professional golf. The triple crown was held in high esteem and the champions list is storied; save for Jack N who had the 7 runner-up finishes. The Tour changed the playing dates for the CO a couple of times, once from it's traditional mid position between the US and British Opens to Sept. and then to it's current place just after the Open, which sucks!
07.28.2013 | Unregistered Commentermeefer
DD made a great point in the 1st post. Hunter wears an RBC his appearance was in effect assured when the week started.

He made the right decision and in the end came out in the black after an honest WD...good on ya Hunter! Enjoy the new addition to your family!
07.29.2013 | Unregistered Commenterjohnnnycz
jjohnnycz: not to attack you, simply 'cause you is there...regardless of logo, it's HM kid, for all those that question, get a grip.
07.29.2013 | Unregistered Commentermeefer
Not that it matters, but the Golden Isles Invitational was the only Major I knew about back in those days...I hear it has come back strong all these years later. If you ignore the Born Again Amateurs and Division I Pros in the field, who used to be represented only by the occasional Steve Melnyk.
07.31.2013 | Unregistered CommenterKLG

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