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Mahan Wins Houston Open, Moves To #4 In World Rankings – SportsUntapped.com
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Added April 2nd, 2012 by Chalk

Mahan Wins Houston Open, Moves To #4 In World Rankings
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Hunter Mahan won the Houston Open by one stroke over Sweden’s Carl Petterson on Sunday, and with the win Mahan became the highest-ranked American in the Official World Golf Rankings at No. 4. The victory was Mahan’s second on the PGA Tour this year, and gives him some confidence and momentum going into The Masters this week. Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley were part of a group that tied for fourth.

After the win, Mahan said he won because the mental side of his game was getting stronger and more like Tiger Woods. “My mind is getting stronger,” said Mahan, who also won the Match Play Championship earlier this year. “I felt like I didn’t let a bad shot bother me. … It’s easy to get your mind to run wild and get down on yourself. That’s what I used to do. I’m trying to pump myself up more and just believe in myself. … You also watch Tiger … I played with him last week. He’s just got that confidence and that swagger back where it’s just head up, chest back and ready to go play.”

Mahan was also pretty excited about moving up so high in the world rankings (he’s now behind only Luke Donald, Rory McIlroy and Lee Westwood). “I’d be lying to you if I said it doesn’t feel awesome to be ranked No. 4 in the world,” Mahan admitted. “It’s a pretty surreal thing to think about.”

So does Mahan think he can win The Masters? “When you play a major, you’re going to have to have all facets of the game, especially your mind has to be a strength,” explained Mahan. “What I’m going to take from this week is that my mind was so strong, I was able to persevere.”

 
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