Ryder Cup: Hunter Mahan is right in the reckoning, says Andrew Coltart
Andrew Coltart believes Mahan will be a great addition to Tom Watson's Team USA
Last Updated: 25/08/14 2:29pm
Hunter Mahan will bring both the heart and experience the American Ryder Cup team need.
That is the view of Sky Sports golf expert Andrew Coltart who saw the 42-year-old win the Fed-Ex tournament, The Barclays, on Sunday night.
Over the past couple of years that sort of heart has just been found wanting really. But he came up trumps and finished the job of
Mahan was leading down the stretch and kept the chasing pack away, eventually finishing -14, two shots clear of Stuart Appleby, Cameron Tringale and Jason Day.
That propels him right into Ryder Cup contention and Coltart believes he will be a positive addition to Tom Watson's captain's picks for Gleneagles after rejuvenating his career.
"I think it's a huge step for him," Coltart told Sky Sports.
"He's got his career back on track and he has started to come good again in the PGA Championship and has had another couple of good rounds at WGC at Bridgstone and he's taken it to the next level having won the first FedEx event here this week.
"I know Tom Watson is going to be pretty happy about this - he is going to have another experienced campaigner in the dugout."
It was the impressive putt on the last from Mahan that really caught Coltart's eye.
And suggests that a calm and cool approach to pressure situations is something Watson will need from his team next month.
"Over the past couple of years that sort of heart has just been found wanting really," said Coltart.
"But he came up trumps and finished the job off. That putt on the last was incredible - he didn't know he probably had two to do it, so he probably thought he had to do it so it he rattled it straight in."
Mahan missed out on the last Ryder Cup in 2012 when he was not named as a wild card for Medinah.
He will also be remembered for a failed chip against Graeme McDowell at Celtic Manor in 2010 that not only saw America lose again, but saw his emotions get the better of him.
And that Coltart believes that might well be another reason he gets the call from Watson.
"He'll be desperate to go out and make amends to what happened to him at Celtic Manor," he said.
"Of course he missed out of Medinah as well but now is a major asset for the team I am sure."