Mahan dwells on the here and now, not major goals

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By Mark Lamport-Stokes

KAPALUA, Hawaii (Reuters) - Specific golfing objectives are off Hunter Mahan's agenda for this year as the American focuses on the impending birth of his second child, along with a desire to be healthy and live in the moment.

A six-times winner on the highly competitive PGA Tour, Mahan has yet to claim his first major title but he firmly believes that setting precise goals for the game's blue riband events – as many other players do -- would not be in his best interests.

Instead, the 32-year-old prefers to dwell on the here and now, taking each week as it comes while doing all he can to ensure he is mentally fresh to compete at his best when a tournament is on the line heading into the last nine holes.

"I'm taking it week-by-week this year and not thinking too far ahead or too far behind, just being very much in the present and focused on what week I am playing," Mahan told Reuters at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions.

"That's the only thing I can control and the only thing I really need to worry about. I also want to take care of myself physically throughout the year," he said.

"I want to be feeling very, very healthy and strong and get into the weekend, especially on the Sunday afternoon (for the final round), feeling really, really good."

Mahan, who booked his place in the elite winners-only field of 34 at Kapalua this week with a two-shot victory at The Barclays in August, is specifically not setting goals for himself in this year's four majors.

"For me, it's just counterproductive because I know what I want to do and I know what I'm capable of," the world number 22 said. "Sometimes goals are so big that they're more daunting than they are anything else.   Continued...

U.S. Ryder Cup player Hunter Mahan hits out of a bunker on the third hole during his foursomes 40th Ryder Cup match at Gleneagles in Scotland September 27, 2014.    REUTERS/Toby Melville