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Mahan rues poor putting in Atlanta

Hunter Mahan has admitted that his putting may have cost him the Tour Championship and the FedEx Cup.

Mahan missed out on an $11.5million payday when he was beaten by Bill Haas on the third playoff hole at East Lake in Atlanta on Sunday.

But the American golfer knows that it was not his play from tee to green that cost him victory and the huge prize on offer.

"I couldn't have been happier with the way I played," Mahan stated. "I just can't make a putt.

"I didn't have my first birdie until 15 and I had a ton of looks. They were close, too. Just didn't make a putt."

Mahan, who shared the lead overnight, hit 10 of 14 fairways and 14 of 18 greens during regulation play as he closed with a one-over 71 on Sunday.

But his putting stats left him 27th in the 30-man field after he needed 33 putts over the 18 holes and missed four putts inside 10 feet.

Mahan would have clinched the title without the need for a play-off if he had made just one of those but is determined to remain positive about the experience.

"I feel like I hit good putts," he added. "I didn't feel like they were bad strokes. They were just kind of misreads.

"Some were too high, some were too low and I could never get any kind of momentum going the right way.

"If I've learned anything, I can't be really disappointed. I can't be mad or disappointed or angry about the day. That's not what it's about.

"I don't know if I'll ever be in that position again, but it was fun." 

Photo by ESPN STAR Sports


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