J.B. Holmes heads into this week's Masters on a roll.
The former Taylor County and University of Kentucky star is at a career-best 12th in the World Golf Ranking after winning the Houston Open on Sunday.
The 32-year-old defeated Jordan Spieth and Johnson Wagner in a playoff for his fourth PGA Tour victory. His past six starts also include a playoff loss at Torrey Pines and a runner-up finish at Doral.
According to the Golf Channel's website, Holmes was ranked No. 509 just 13 months ago. His win in the Wells Fargo Championship last May put him back in the top 70.
The Golf Channel reported that Holmes has been working with sports psychologist Jim Murphy for two years. He credits their work on his mental game as the difference this season.
"Just mentally, I feel like I've been able to control it better, kind of let go a little bit and not get in my way as much," he said, according to the website. "Focus on the things I can control. I can go out every day and have fun. I can do my routines properly, and I can try to stay present the best I can. And those are my three goals every day."
"Whatever the score is, the score is. But if I do those three things, I consider it a successful day."
■ The 11 golfers ahead of Holmes in the World Golf Ranking, in order, are Rory McIlroy, Henrik Stenson, Bubba Watson, Spieth, Jason Day, Adam Scott, Dustin Johnson, Jim Furyk, Sergio Garcia, Jimmy Walker and Justin Rose.
■ Sunday's win moved Holmes up to third place in both the PGA Tour's FedExCup standings and money list. Holmes, who has won $2,942,520 this season, trails leader Walker and Spieth on both lists.
■ Holmes is seventh on the PGA Tour in driving distance at 305.3 yards. Johnson leads with 318.8.
Holmes is fourth in birdie average at 4.38 per round. Walker leads with 4.7.