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Mahan (winless since 2012) trying to remain patient

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AUSTIN, TX - MARCH 25: Justin Thomas of the United States watches his tee shot on the seventh hole during the third round of the World Golf Championships-Dell Match Play at the Austin Country Club on March 25, 2016 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)  - 

DORAL, Fla. – Hunter Mahan has had plenty of chances – including at last year’s RBC Canadian Open, when he left with the lead to witness the birth of his daughter – but he is without a PGA Tour win for almost two full years, dating to the 2012 Shell Houston Open.

At 2 under and just two shots behind leader Patrick Reed entering the final round of the WGC-Cadillac Championship, he has an opportunity to break that string. But he’s also trying to keep it in perspective.

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“I can't get too antsy because that's just not going to help me win,” he said after a third-round 1-under 71. “I know that. I want to win; I'd like to; I've had a few chances this year. Just haven't played as well on Sunday as I'd like.

“I just have to keep putting myself up there and keep trusting the process and keep trusting myself and what I'm doing, and you kind of keep working, because you just never know when you might win two or three times. Like Jimmy Walker, all of a sudden, boom, you find something, you go, and you kind of burst on the scene there.”

A win on Sunday would be the sixth of Mahan’s career.

“I think you just never know when you're going to win. You never know when you're going to get hot, but I think you always have to believe that it's going to happen and you just have to keep kind of working toward that and keep trying to get better.

“I know in previous years, I tried way too hard. I would try to be a top-10 player. I would try to win tournaments and try to be in the top 10 every week, and it just doesn't work like that. Golf isn't that type of game. You have to follow the process and try to get better every day and figure out, what do those guys do that makes them so great and how can I get better.”