Golf :Mahan and G-Mac will fight again in Tournament of Champions

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Golf :Mahan and G-Mac will fight again in Tournament of Champions

Imagine the moment when Graeme McDowell and Hunter Mahan will see eye-to-eye at the Tournament of Champions in Hawaii.

Yes, the confirmation has been given to this pair, who will play as rivals in the tournament worth $7.2 million from January 6-9.

After a gap of four months, the duo will play in the same event, but not as rivals. The format of Tournament of Champion state that 12 players come face to face in pairs every year to decide the winner. This time, Hunter Mahan of United States has been paired with Graeme McDowell of Ireland.

The news has spun the golf tabloid for its cheesiness. But what happened four months back?  In early October, Ryder Cup took place at Celtic Manor between 12-men team from United States and Europe.  Mahan although a rookie got selected for the big game and  was paired against McDowell in singles.  Singles is the last session of Ryder Cup in which players fight to earn a point for their teams. The same agenda was carried by the two players, thereby; a powerful combat was seen in the last moments of Ryder Cup.

Both the men poised the scorecard with equal scores until the 15th hole. On the next hole, Mahan lost the confidence when G-Mac smashed a 12-foot birdie to take an edge over the player. To elevate the pressure, the Irish parred the 17th hole and put Mahan’s prowess on test. Unable to cope with the pressure, Mahan dropped a put and handed the trophy in the hands of European.

Europe won by half point by courtesy of G-Macs’ superb putting.  Once again, the duo will meet to decide the final winner at Tournament of Champions. Other pairings include 2010 PGA Grand Slam winner Ernie Els against Australia's Jason Day, Francesco Molinari against Adam Scott and Geoff Ogilvy against Jim Furyk.

Commenting on the pairing tournament director Nancy Cross said, “As a golf fan, one of the most compelling moments of 2010 was their final-day match up during the Ryder Cup. To have these two paired together for the start of the season... well, we couldn't have scripted it better."


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