February 5 2013
With two solid outings under his belt, Hunter Mahan is pleased with the state of his game. (Petersen/Getty Images)
By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- Three events into the 2013 PGA TOUR season, Hunter Mahan sees a lot of positives in his game.
And with good reason. Six of his last eight rounds have been in the 60s -- and the other two were even-par 72s. Mahan's got a tie for 15th at the Farmers Insurance Open and joint 16th in last week's Waste Management Phoenix Open to show for his efforts, too.
"I have actually done a couple things that I'm really excited about, and so I'm happy where things are right now and excited about the prospect of the upcoming tournaments and the upcoming year," Mahan said, taking time out from his preparation for the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am to help EA Sports promote the new Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 14 game.
"... I take a lot of victories from the last couple weeks. (I am) always trying to improve and keep getting better and not be stuck in results and I should have done this and I should have done that. This is a game. We play way too much golf and way too many tournaments to be bogged down by one result or one week."
Mahan has great memories at Pebble Beach, too, and it's not just because of the spectacular scenery. He finished second here to D.A. Points in 2011, closing with an impressive 66.
"There's no place you'd rather be when the weather's good and you're out playing," Mahan said. "I think it's a special course. I think AT&T has done a great job of making this more pleasing to players and they run a great event and Monterey is fantastic and Spyglass is fantastic. ...
"It's a lot of fun and being a California guy, I always enjoy being in California."
Mahan is building toward his title defense at the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship in two weeks. The win was the fifth of his career and the second in the global series.
Mahan says he has high expectations and he feels good about the state of his game.
"Every day's an exploration -- figuring about my swing, and what works, doesn't work," Mahan said. "Short game, putting. Everything. Strange, as I think of it now. I've been playing golf a long time but I still have a lot to learn about it.
"I'm doing all the right things. I've just got to put it all together at the right time."