Hanson said that his win in the BMW Masters is by far the biggest win of his career and it is a big deal to him that he was able to hold off World #1 Rory McIlroy. The key to his 2012 season has been that he was able to get off to a strong start in the Middle East and he was able to keep the momentum going in the WGC events and The Masters until he was able to win the KLM Open and now the BMW Masters.
He is well aware of the fact that the Race to Dubai leader Rory McIlroy is not in the field this week and he knows how motivated everyone is to narrow McIlroy’s lead in the Race to Dubai. Because we are so late in the season and McIlroy is playing in Singapore, Hong Kong, and Dubai, this is literally the last opportunity to gain ground without Rory being able to respond.
Hanson said that he needs a win this week if he is going to have any chance to win the Race to Dubai. Not only is Rory McIlroy playing well right now, but also Singapore and Hong Kong set up well for Rory’s game and Hanson knows that a lot of things have to happen in order for him to have a chance to win the Race to Dubai. If he wins this week, he may consider adding Singapore or Hong Kong to his schedule but for the time being he is planning to return to the United States after this week and then play in the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai.
2012 has been the best season of his career and it has been a wonderful feeling to not only win twice on the European Tour but also being able to contend in the Major Championships and the WGC events. He has grown a great deal as a golfer and as a person and he is excited for the end of the 2012 season as well as the beginning of the 2013 season.
He put a great deal of pressure on himself this year to try to make the Ryder Cup team and once he knew that he would be on the team after the PGA Championship, he turned his focus to his fitness as well as on-course play and that preparation led to his win in the KLM Open although he certainly wishes that he played better at Medinah.
Hanson acknowledged that he was very disappointed that he was benched for Day Two of the Ryder Cup because he had worked very hard to be ready for the Ryder Cup and he wanted to be on the field of competition. If anything else, that benching has only served to inspire him to continue to work to improve his performance on the golf course and become a better player.
You always have to set new goals for yourself if you are going to improve and grow in your career and looking ahead, he wants to continue to rise in the World Rankings and contend in the Major Championships more often. If he can contend in tournaments more often, he feels that he will win more often.