The conditions at Royal Melbourne on Friday in the second session of the Presidents Cup were rather tough, to say the least. So the last thing any player — whether the Internationals or the Americans — wants is an unruly fan who probably had a few too many Fosters (yes, I realize Aussies don’t actually drink Fosters). Unfortunately, Hunter Mahan feel victim to a heckler that yelled in his backswing on his approach to the 16th green.
Luckily, Mahan was able to back off and he immediately started walking toward the stands, with his hands signaling the international gesture for “C’mon,” while saying “Really?” in disbelief.
Simultaneously, his caddie John Wood said, “C’mon, really? Really?? That was unnecessary. Who was that?”
Before Hunter could get too fired up that it’d distract from his game, Wood stopped him, saying something like, “Don’t, H…relax, I got it, I’ll take care of it, you worry about your game.”
And that’s why Wood is one of the best caddies (and guys) in the game — even if it’s his job to play bodyguard when needed. /golf clap
After they resolved the issue, Hunter collected himself and knocked the shot to a respectable 23 feet.
Mahan and his fourball partner David Toms together romped Y.E. Yang and K.T. Kim 6&5 in Thursday’s foursomes, but it was a different story in Friday’s fourball. The American duo lost 2&1 to Retief Goosen and Charl Schwartzel.
Saturday features a double-session with foursomes in the morning and fourball in the afternoon (two players from each team sit in both).