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Hunter Mahan salutes the crowd after winning Barclays.
Hunter Mahan might be considered a breath of fresh air in the FedEx Cup playoffs.
He's never missed a FedEx Cup event but had also gone almost 30 months and 48 tournaments since his last win.
And this year, Mahan has not really been near the center of anyone's radar for any length of time. He'll be in contention and then on a streak where he misses cuts in three of six starts.
But all of a sudden, he got hot, posting T15, T7 and then a win at the Barclays.
''To get a win in an event like this and the timing, it feels unbelievable,'' Mahan said, per Doug Ferguson of golfchannel.com. ''So I'm extremely proud of myself. I felt great the last few weeks. My game was starting to come around. I knew this was around the corner, but to do it, and to do it today with a 65, feels great.''
Will he go off on a Rory-like tear through the rest of the playoffs? Never say never, and if he continues to hit 80 percent of the greens, that possibility remains in play.
With his confidence and game back, he'll be a factor the rest of the way out.