Posted April 01, 2012 on AP on Fox

NAPIER, NEW ZEALAND - NOVEMBER 12: Hunter Mahan of the USA tees off on the 7th hole during the second round of The Kiwi Challenge at Cape Kidnappers on November 12, 2009 in Napier, New Zealand. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)
Hunter Mahan shot a 1-under 71 on Sunday to win the Houston Open, edging out Carl Pettersson by one stroke. Mahan, who won the Match Play Championship in February, is the first two-time champion on the PGA Tour this year. The victory moved Mahan up to No. 4 in the world rankings, the first time he's ever been the highest-ranked American. Pettersson (71) finished with eight pars for his second runner-up finish this year. Third-round leader Louis Oosthuizen (75) was another shot back at 14 under. Mahan began the day two shots behind Oosthuizen, who lost the lead with two double bogeys on his front nine. The 29-year-old Mahan earned his fifth career victory. He has six top-25 finishes in seven starts this year.
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