I was quite disappointed to read earlier that you will probably not be watching the Ryder Cup this year. I certainly understand your frustration on not being named to the team as I know it is a goal many professional golfers have. I also understand your desire to redeem yourself after the 2010 Ryder Cup experience you endured.
However, as an avid golf fan, and a fan of yours, I must question your comment about not watching the Ryder Cup. Perhaps it was said in a moment of exasperation and you'll reconsider after some time passes. I hope you do.
I don't think anyone has a problem with a professional golfer wanting to get away from the game for a while and just relax and unwind. With all the pressure, the travel and the social and professional commitments you deal with on a weekly basis, time off and time away will help clear your head and heart. You have several months left in 2012 to find and take that time off.
My concern is that your comment about not watching the Ryder Cup may come off as sour grapes to your fans. And that would not be good for Hunter Mahan or for the American Team. So, with all due respect, I offer a few alternatives for you to consider.
1. Go to Medinah and be there for Team USA. Do what Sergio Garcia did in 2010 at Celtic Manor and run around the course and whip up our USA fans into a frenzy. Maybe you can't score any points for Team USA but your presence there, I am sure, would inspire your fellow American golfers to do great things. And Captain Love and the vice-captains will love you for it. What an awesome example that would set for the youth of this country and the entire golf following world. And, if you show up at Medinah, it will get you jazzed about making the team in 2014. Make this an opportunity not a defeat.
2. Grab Rickie Fowler and Ben Crane and put on those Golf Boys outfits and throw a Ryder Cup Party with some corporate hotshots. Have them pay big money to hang out and party with three-fourths of the Golf Boys (you know they will) and then donate the money to some charity. Oh, and post pictures of the party on Twitter and Facebook.
3. Procure some tickets to the Ryder Cup and take a few disadvantaged young people or some military veterans to the event. Spend some time with them and you'll see that not making the Ryder Cup is nothing next to the lives they live.
4. Maybe you could combine elements of the above three suggestions and have your own party right at Medinah with the corporate hotshots and the disadvantaged children and the military veterans ALL while donning your Golf Boys costume!!! Your fan base will explode, Team USA will love it, television will love it and you will be a hero.
Hunter, we all go through difficult times in our lives; it's part of the human experience. We can feel bad, as you do right now, and that's OK. But do not let this situation bring you down for very much longer. Make this a turning point to strengthen your resolve. Now get out there and cheer on Team USA and I look forward to seeing you at Gleneagles in 2014.