Hunter Mahan can't secure chalice

Updated: August 25, 2014, 10:40 AM ET
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Hunter Mahan found himself among a group of six players to claim at least a share of the lead Sunday during a contentious final round at The Barclays.

Mahan eventually rallied with three straight birdies on the back nine for a comfortable two-shot win in the FedEx Cup playoff opener.

Maybe too comfortable.

While posing with the The Barclays trophy alongside a fan, Mahan gripped the crystal chalice only to discover he had broken it in two, watching as its bowl became separated from its base.

The incident sparked a round of laughter from David Finn, a popular fan in the area Mahan was posing with, who is in a wheelchair with a disorder affecting his limbs and leaving him unable to speak.

"David did it," Mahan promptly joked, according to The Newark Star-Ledger.

But Mahan wasn't so willing to discuss it afterward.

"I have no idea what you're talking about," Mahan said while smiling in the event's media tent, The Star-Ledger reported.

[+] EnlargeHunter Mahan
AP Photo/Mel EvansHunter Mahan, posing Sunday with the crystal Barclays trophy alongside his wife and daughter, later broke it in two. "I have no idea what you're talking about," a smiling Mahan told media.

But the trophy can be repaired or replaced.

And the victory was one Mahan won't soon forget.

"There's really never a bad time to play good golf," said Mahan, who earned $1.44 million, moved to No. 1 in the FedEx Cup standings and assured himself of being among the top five players at the Tour Championship in three weeks with the best shot at capturing a $10 million bonus.

"And this is a really, really good time to play good golf."

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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