It's been a long standing tradition at Ping to give Tour winners who use their putters a gold-plated replica to celebrate their victory. In Ping staff player Hunter Mahan's case, the cause for celebration was the birth of his daughter Zoe. Though Mahan, who was leading the event at the time, decided to leave the RBC Canadian Open after two rounds to be with his wife in Dallas, the folks at PING have nothing but respect for the tough decision.
"We'll never know if Hunter would have held on to win that week," said John Solheim, Ping Chairman & CEO, "but the circumstances were so unique, we wanted to create a lasting memory for Hunter, Kandi and Zoe that would forever remind them of that special day. The birth of a child is a win any way you look at is, so we thought we'd have some fun with it. As is our tradition, we made two gold-plated versions of his Scottsdale TR Anser 2 putter. One was given to Hunter and the other will reside in our Gold Putter Vault with more than 2,800 Ping putters in Phoenix."
"That is really cool and above and beyond." Mahan said. "I really appreciate this."(Photo: Courtesy of Ping)