Mahan, a Dallas-born golfer, won't play in his hometown event because he doesn't think the course sets up for his game, and expressed that to the Dallas Morning News on Saturday.
"I don't like it tee to green," Mahan said. [...] "I don't like the way the fairways are shaped. It's hard to hit a fairway for me. I don't want to rip it up or rip up the tournament, but it's a place where I don't play well, it doesn't suit me, it's a pain in the butt to play." [...]
"I don't like the way they redid the greens," he said. "I just don't think they're very good. He [D.A. Weibring] couldn't do much. The course is what it is, and you can't really do much about it."
To me, this is the difference between guys like Mahan and the way Tiger Woods approaches the game. Sure, Tiger might be completely crazy when he says he's heading to The Players Championship with the thought that he can win, even after taking off an extended amount of time because of injury, but at least he's making it sound convincing that he's confident. Mahan isn't even trying.
To me, if the golf course is tough, that's all the more reason to compete, because you want to expect the best out of yourself when the conditions become difficult. Saying you don't like the lines and the way it was redesigned is just admitting that you're not good enough to win at this golf course, and to be the best in the world, you have to think you can win anywhere.
Also, what better way to prepare for the upcoming U.S. Open than to play at a golf course that is tough? To me, it just sounds weak, and I wish Mahan would at least give it another try with a different mentality.
- Hunter Mahan