New dad Mahan back to golf at PGA Championship

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“Usually Twitter, they tell me how much I suck all the time and how dumb I am, so I figured somebody would say, `You’re an idiot. You didn’t know what you’re doing. You can’t throw away (a potential win),’” he said. “But I didn’t see that.”

“Maybe,” he added, “I didn’t look far enough down.”

But Mahan isn’t really surprised by the response. He figures most everyone can relate to his situation.

“I think people are just ready for a great story in sports,” he said.

The 31-year-old Mahan is now looking to write a great sports story on the course. He played in the last group at the previous two majors but couldn’t put together a strong enough final round either time.

Mahan shot 75 on Sunday at the U.S. Open to tie for fourth, four strokes behind Justin Rose. At the British, he shot another 75 that left him tied for ninth, six strokes back of Phil Mickelson.

“I can’t really point to one thing,” Mahan said. “I just know that I’ve played exactly how I wanted to play, and I didn’t let the situation kind of overrun me, and I had a great time doing it. Those types of experiences are just invaluable to have. I feel very excited and encouraged about what I’ve done and excited about this week.”

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