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March 28-31


Redstone Golf Club (Par 72/7,457 yards) Humble, Texas


SHELL HOUSTON OPEN


BY VIRTUE OF HIS FINE PLAY in the first part of the 2012 season and his standing last spring as the highest placed American (No. 4) in the Official World Golf Ranking, Hunter Mahan has emerged as not merely a very good player, but a force to be reckoned with in the game.


Mahan, who won the World Golf Championship-Accenture Match Play Championship in February, became the first multiple winner on the PGA TOUR in 2012 with his one-stroke victory over Carl Pettersson at the Shell Houston Open and also became one of the favorites for the upcoming Masters Tournament.


Mahan began the final round two shots behind third-round leader Louis Oosthuizen from South Africa, but turned up the heat and was tied for the lead at the turn after Oosthuizen made a double bogey at No. 5 to give the lead to Pettersson. When Mahan birdied No. 10 and Pettersson made a double, Mahan had the solo lead and he held on for the victory.


“I was patient for the first eight holes, but I felt like I had some opportunities and I couldn’t get a hold of them,” said Mahan. “So it felt great to hit a great shot there (on No. 9). We knew we had a perfect club. It’s great when the ball does exactly what it’s going to do. I hit a nice putt and coming into 10 was good, too. It was a good stretch there obviously for me.”


“It’s too hard to put your happiness on a


round of golf. I’m still


working on that.” – Hunter Mahan


Hunter Mahan has proven to be a force to be reckoned with.


The crucial shot, however, may have been his recovery on No. 16. His approach was long and after taking a drop from near the grandstands, he played a beautiful, high flop shot. “I looked at it a couple of times, trying to figure out what I wanted to do,” he said. “I knew hitting it high was going to be my best hope. There just wasn’t any sort of low pitchy shot there. Hitting it high was the most direct route because I didn’t have to chip it short and hit it in the fringe or rely on any bad bounces.


158 PGA TOUR ESSENTIAL GUIDE 2013 www.pgatour.com


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