Mahan eyes US Open success

Published 16/05/2011 07:49:51

Hunter Mahan is shaping up nicely for this year's US Open competition, due to tee off at the Congressional County Golf Club on June 16th, and has been honing his skills by entering a number of tournaments. His best ever finish in the US Open came back in 2009 when he finished in a respectable sixth place, but this year he will be hoping to make up for what he will consider to have been a disappointing showing at Augusta last month by challenging the favourites in the US Open golf betting.

Having never placed higher than sixth place in a major, and after missing the cut at the US Masters back in April, Mahan bounced back at the Wells Fargo Championship with a strong display which saw him earn a 16th place finish on nine under par. Having shown steady improvement throughout that tournament Mahan will now be looking to build on that form as he puts his game together in time for the second major of the golfing calendar. Anyone planning to bet on US Open golf shouldn't dismiss his chances out of hand.

Earlier this week, McDowell, last year's US Open winner, complained that by employing the back tees on every hole of an already very challenging course the organisers were perhaps favouring the bigger hitters in the game, but this shouldn't come as a massive threat to Mahan who has seen his own game come on in leaps and bounds in recent seasons. He confessed that the little tweaks that coach Sean Foley has made to his swing is already reaping the benefits.

"I've been focusing on not rotating as much through the ball and as a result I've noticed that I get more compression out of my irons and less curve out of all my clubs," he said.

It is this near-perfect swing, something which makes him an ideal role model for golfers of all ages to learn from, in which lies his greatest strength. He may not have the greatest short-game in the sport but on the Congressional's demanding fairways, accuracy is as important as length, a factor which makes Mahan a real dark horse for the title.



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