Ribs popping out of place a painful inconvenience for tough-guy Mahan

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Some dislocated ribs on Hunter Mahan's lower left side have made swinging a golf club a bit more adventurous in recent weeks.
Doug Ferguson
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Published: Tuesday, September 14, 2010 | 7:16 p.m.

Hunter Mahan makes it sound as though his pre-round routine is eat, stretch, hit balls and pop his ribs into place.

Mahan appeared to show discomfort in his back during the third round of the BMW Championship. He revealed after the round that a couple of ribs on the lower left side were out -- and that this wasn’t the first time it happened.

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“It happens almost every week, but this time it was in a little different place,” Mahan said. “It’s usually a little higher up. This one was a little low. Usually, it doesn’t hurt that much.”

Mahan said the ribs popped out of place when he drew a deep breath.

He said all this in such a matter-of-fact manner that when someone asked if it would affect the Ryder Cup, he laughed. Then, he tried to figure out where to put himself on the list if the Ryder Cup had an injury report like in the NFL.

“Doubtful. No, questionable,” he said. “Isn’t Tom Brady always questionable?”