In August, Mahan told “Golf” magazine that all of the commitments and activities for Ryder Cup players during the week of the competition make them “slaves” for the week. He immediately apologized to the PGA, Ryder Cup captain Paul Azinger and the public, and here he is.
I guess you could call it a forced appearance in front of the press — but Mahan met questions about his comments squarely.
When asked if he thought at the time that the comments had blown his Ryder Cup chances, he said, “I don’t know. I didn’t really know. I talked to Paul after that, talked to the PGA of America, so I didn’t feel like I did. I think we had a good chat, and I think we cleared the air quite a bit. I think we’ve both moved on from that, and I’m just looking forward to playing golf now.”
Mahan also was asked if his perceptions had matched the reality of his Ryder Cup commitments so far.
“Well, I really haven’t experienced a whole lot yet, just one night. I mean, this is a very busy week. We are constantly doing something. But definitely the tone of the article was definitely not the way I intended it to be. This is a great week. I mean, this is not something I didn’t want to participate in or anything like that. I was trying to make the team, and I’m very excited to be here and ready to play golf and ready to expreience everything, because this is — like they said, there’s only been 172 guys who have played in this. So this is an honor for me to be here and an honor to be a part of it.”