Hunter Mahan finalised preparations for the Masters with victory at Houston Open
Hunter Mahan doesn't dwell on bad shots anymore, and he says that's leading to more good ones.
Mahan shot a 1-under 71 on Sunday to win the Shell Houston Open, edging Carl Pettersson by one stroke and becoming the first two-time champion on TOUR in 2012.
The 29-year-old Mahan finished 16 under for the tournament and took over the top spot in the latest FedExCup standings. Additionally, he moved to No. 4 in the world ranking, the first time he's ever been the highest-ranked American.
"That's a pretty surreal thing to think about," Mahan said. "It shows me what I can do, shows me what I'm capable of."
The 29-year-old Mahan feels as if he finally has the mental approach to match his physical skills. He credits Canadian sports psychologist Jim Murphy with teaching him to enjoy the game more, and that's led to better results.
"It's easy to let your mind run wild and get down on yourself," Mahan said. "That's what I used to do. I'm trying to pump myself up more and just believe in myself."
Mahan earned his fifth career victory. He has six top-25 finishes in seven starts this year, including a victory over Rory McIlroy in the final of the Match Play Championships in February.
"You've got to enjoy this stuff," Mahan said. "It's kind of an honor and a pleasure to be in these tough situations. This is what you work for, to be in these fun, tough, tight situations."