Peter Hanson tied for third at The Masters Sunday — his highest finish in a major championship to date.
Just last year Hanson tied for seventh at the U.S. Open and has a pair of other top 25 finishes in major championships, leaving the 34-year-old four-time European Tour winner from Sweden, farther from obscurity than many casual golf fans might think.
Hanson has been on a roll of late too since he began working with Gary Gilchrist on his game late last year.
He has six top 10s in his last 11 starts. On top of his third-place finish at The Masters Sunday, he finished 4th at the WGC Cadillac Championship, 5th at the WGC Accenture Match Play Championship and was runner up at the Qatar Masters.
Of course, Gilchrist also coaches world No. 1 and five-time major champion Yani Tseng, with whom Hanson practices with fairly often as the two both reside in Lake Nona.
Hanson took The Masters’ 54-hole lead into Sunday following a 7-under 65, in which he made four birdies in his remaining five holes to set up a classic showdown with Phil Mickelson in the final pairing.
But the 2012 edition of The Masters Tournament was far from a two-man race.
2010 British Open Champion Louis Oosthuizen was just two back, while eventual champion Bubba Watson, Matt Kuchar, Lee Westwood and Padraig Harrington were all chomping at the bit right behind Hanson and Mickelson.