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Better Than A Golden Spoon In Her Mouth

Whenever a Ping player wins a tournament, the company builds a gold-plated putter in his, or her, honor and puts it in their special club vault at company headquarters in Phoenix. A few weeks ago, Hunter Mahan looked to have one hand on another gilded stick when he was leading the RBC Canadian Open heading into the weekend. But minutes from teeing off on Saturday, Mahan received word that wife Kandi was going into labor with their first child back in Dallas, so he withdrew (earning both applause and jeers from the golf blogosphere) and quickly flew home to be there when Zoe Olivia was born early the next morning. Never say the people at Ping aren’t all heart, as they recently presented Mahan with a gold putter inscribed with the baby’s name, date of birth, and weight. Said company Chairman and CEO John Solheim, “The birth of a child is a win any way you look at it.” Maybe so, but does it get him into the Tournament of Champions?

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