MAHAN RISES TO WORLD #4 WITH SHELL HOUSTON OPEN WIN

MAHAN NOW TOP-RANKED AMERICAN PLAYER

2012-04-01

Hunter Mahan has said he is playing with more confidence than ever, and he has the results to show for it. He climbed to #4 in the Official World Golf Ranking, #1 in FedExCup points, and #1 on the money list after his one-shot victory at the Shell Houston Open at Redstone Golf Club in Humble, Texas. His 16-under total (69-67-65-71) earned him his second title of 2012 and the fifth of his career.

“Shoot, I’d be lying to you if I said it doesn’t feel good to be ranked number 4 in the world,” Mahan said post-round. “That’s a pretty surreal thing to think about. To win twice and be fourth it feels great, it really does. It shows me what I can do and what I’m capable of.”

As it did at the WGC-Accenture Match Play in February, Mahan’s Nome 355 putter played a key supporting role. On Saturday, he needed only 26 putts, many from long range, in shooting a 7-under 65. He made putts totaling 171 feet; the field average was 74 feet. He has gone 102 consecutive holes without a three-putt.

Mahan’s #4 world status makes him the highest-ranked American. He earned more than $1 million for the victory; his winnings total nearly $3 million this season.

In addition to the Nome putter, Mahan relied on a G20 driver (9.5º), G20 3-wood (15º), i15 hybrid (17º), S56 irons (3-PW), and Anser forged wedges (56º, 60º).