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Mahan last won in the Shell Houston Open in 2012, a week before the Masters. But his game slipped the rest of the year. He narrowly missed qualifying for the Ryder Cup team and was passed over as a captain’s pick. Just over a year ago, Mahan had the 36-hole lead at the Canadian Open when he withdrew shortly before the third round upon learning his wife had gone into labor with their first child.

To his surprise, his wife and 1-year-old daughter Zoe were waiting for him when he walked off the 18th green as a winner.

Mahan finished at 14-under 270 and earned $1.44 million. He moved to No. 1 in the FedEx Cup standings, assured of being among the top five players at East Lake with the best shot at capturing the $10 million bonus.

British Open and PGA champion Rory McIlroy, going after his fourth straight victory, closed with a 70 and tied for 22nd.