Hunter Mahan was long labeled as "one of America's next great golf stars," but now he's firmly entrenched as one the global superstars in the game. Mahan won his first PGA Tour event in 2007 in Hartford and has since added four more victories, including two coveted and lucrative WGC titles. He's a mainstay on the American teams for international cup competitions and a weekly threat to win the game's biggest tournaments, as we saw this summer when he played in the final group on Sunday at back-to-back majors.
At 31 years old, Mahan will be a contender, and likely champion, at golf's majors for potentially two more decades. He's respected as having one of the best swings in the game, and that has translated to consistent form each year on Tour.
It's not a bad life for Mahan, who is closing in on $26 million in PGA Tour career earnings, is married to a former Dallas Cowboys cheerleader, and is settled in as one of the circuit's most in-demand stars. He's also enjoying life as a new dad, as his wife Kandi gave birth to their daughter Zoe this summer. Mahan was informed that his wife had gone into labor right before he was set to tee off with the lead in the third round of the Canadian Open, providing one of the season's more dramatic moments.
Like fellow Oklahoma State product Rickie Fowler, Mahan is also one of the younger players most appealing to younger fans (of course both are part of the four-man group known as the 'Golf Boys'). He often tries to make a statement or shy away from the most traditional on-course look, and SB Nation was able to spend a day with him at Under Armour, which makes his apparel. Then, we caught a flight north to Boston, where Mahan took in his first World Series game. It's a different look behind the scenes on busy day with one of the game's best.