Mahan's time of the year - FedExCup playoffs

Wed Aug 26, 2015 8:07pm EDT
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By Larry Fine

EDISON, New Jersey (Reuters) - It is Hunter Mahan's time of the year, as the American has kept his date with the season-ending FedExCup playoffs every year since its inception eight years ago.

Mahan enters The Barclays, which opens the lucrative four-event series at Plainfield Country Club on Thursday, as the only player to have qualified and played in all 32 tournaments ever staged in the series.

"I'm proud of that fact," Mahan, 33, said on the eve of defending The Barclays title he won last year at Ridgewood Country Club.

Only the top 125 players on the FedExCup points list qualify for the first event, 100 for the Deutsche Bank Championship, 70 for the BMW Championship and 30 for the Tour Championship.

"Everybody wants to get to the Tour Championship because you were the best 30 players that year," said Mahan, who finished 6th in the final FedExCup standings last year.

"It's a combo of playing good all year and then playing good at the right time. I take great pride in that and I think it's a great accomplishment because it's through a long period of time. It's eight years of great golf."

This season has not been among Mahan's best.

The six-times winner on the PGA Tour has not won this season and posted just three top 10s, with his best result a tie for third at the 2014-15 season-opening Open last October.   Continued...

Hunter Mahan chips onto the 16th green during the first round of the 2015 PGA Championship golf tournament at Whistling Straits. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports