Originally posted on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 7/20/13
After his disappointing fade down the stretch of the U.S. Open, Hunter Mahan guaranteed he'd be ready the next time he went off in the final pair on the last day of a major. He won't have to wait long to prove it. The Texan left the British Open late Saturday afternoon as one of only three golfers with a red number alongside his name, a good measure of how Muirfield has manhandled the world's best. Mahan's 3-under 68 was tied for best round of the day, and left him two strokes behind third-round leader and Sunday playing partner Lee Westwood. Just a month ago, Mahan found himself in last group with Phil Mickelson at Merion Golf Club, another demanding layout where he strung together one tough par after another, only to fall out of contention with a double-bogey at the 15th. He finished tied for fifth and said at the time that experience wouldn't go to waste. ''Does it help?'' Mahan said. ''I think it does. Because I think it can be overwhelming at times. Being in the first or se...
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