Five things you need to remember from the WGC-Match Play Championship:
1. NOT SO FAST: Sunday afternoon's final match between Hunter Mahan and Rory McIlroy was billed as a coronation. Turns out that was partly true, though not for the player we expected.
Mahan built as much as a 4-up lead and held off McIlroy down the stretch to win at Dove Mountain, becoming the only American twentysomething to boast two World Golf Championships on his resume. It was his fourth PGA Tour victory overall.
"Deep down," Mahan said, "you wanted to postpone that crowning of the No. 1 player in the world for Rory."
In the past five days, Mahan defeated some of the biggest names in golf, perennial Ryder Cup players, major champions: McIlroy, Matt Kuchar, Steve Stricker, Zach Johnson, Y.E. Yang. Wielding a new Ping putter, he carded 35 birdies in 96 holes (six matches). He will move to a career-best ninth in the Official World Golf Ranking.
It was Mahan's first Tour victory...