“I felt like I won it more with my mental side of my game more so than the physical side,” said Hunter Mahan, shortly after raising aloft his second title of the season at the Houston Open.
Mahan’s mind must be in an incredibly healthy state given he tied for first in greens in regulation with a phenomenal 86.1% at Redstone Golf Club.
“The game feels good and I feel very capable of playing great golf,” added the PING staffer, who vaults up to World No.4, becoming the highest-ranked American heading into The Masters.
The 29-year-old from California, using PING S56 irons with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts, missed just ten greens and made two bogeys all week.
The S56 irons, says PING, feature variable tungsten toe weighting that positions the centre of gravity for higher-launching long irons and lower trajectory short irons.
Mahan was also flawless in other facets of his game. The 29-year-old found 70% of the fairways with his PING G20 driver and made several clutch up-and-down saves - none more important than his chip shot from the back of the par-3 16th.
And his new relaxed approach to the game was evident when he was told about his incredible streak of 102 holes without a three-putt – testament to his laser-like iron play and silky smooth putting touch with the brand new PING Nome.
“That’s good. I didn’t realise. I’m going to try to keep that up,” added Mahan, who was fifth in the field in Strokes-Gained Putting at 1.612.
With every asset of his game seemingly in prime condition heading into the first major of the season, Mahan is very much hoping to pose in his flat-peak cap with a Green Jacket this Sunday.
“I’m probably playing the best golf of my career heading into Augusta. I felt good before, but I feel like for my mind and my ball striking, everything feels good.”
Olesen was sporting the Srixon Z-Star XV ball and ever popular Cleveland Golf 588 Forged wedge.
“Good control of my Z Star XV golf ball was the key to Saturday’s round, this gave me the confidence to go on and shoot a good score on Sunday to secure the title,” said Olesen.
What’s in the winners’ bags
Driver: PING G20 (9.5-degree; Fujikura Speeder 6.2 Tour Spec)
Fairway wood: PING G20 (13-degree; with a UST Mamiya VTS 8X)
Hybrid: PING i15 (17-degree; UST Mamiya VTS 85X)
Irons (3-PW): PING S56 (True Temper Dynamic Gold X100)
Wedges: PING Forged Anser (56, 60-degree; True Temper Dynamic Gold X100)
Putter: PING Nome
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
Footwear: FJ Icon
Glove: FJ StaSof
Apparel: Under Armour
Driver: Titleist 910-D3 (8.5-degree; Diamana X Stiff)
Fairway wood: Titleist 910-D3 (13.5-degree; Diamana X Stiff)
Hybrid: Titleist 910-H (17-degree; Diamana X Stiff)
Irons: Titleist MB Blades (Project X 6.5)
Wedges: Cleveland 588 (47, 54 and 60-degree)
Putter: Scotty Cameron Special Edition
Ball: Srixon Z-Star