Mark Wilson got his second victory in three starts this year as he won the Phoenix Open which was delayed due to frost and frozen turf taking an extra day for the tournament.
“I’m just enjoying the ride here and that’s just kind of the way I’m going to look at the year here, just ride this train as long as I can,” Wilson said. “Right now, the plan is to play through Bay Hill, take a week off, get ready for the Masters.”
Wilson, who was two strokes ahead during the resumption of play this morning, held a three-metre birdie putt on the second hole during a playoff with Jason Dufner. He matched Dufner at 18 under by closing with a two-under 69, as Dufner shot a 66, birdying Nos 16 and 17.
The 36-year old player from Wisconsin also won last month’s Sony Open in a 36-hole Sunday finish.
Wilson won on the par-4 10th, setting up the deciding putt with a 7-iron approach from the middle of the fairway.
“That was an easy putt,” Wilson said. “Just thankfully, I started it on line and knocked it in.”
Dufner was facing a 7½-foot par putt when Wilson ended the playoff.
“Came out and made a couple birdies to put maybe a little heat on Mark, and he played great,” Dufner said. “Great two-putt on the first playoff hole from 70-plus feet and makes birdie on the next hole.”
His fourth PGA Tour title won US$1,098,000 for the former University of North Carolina player He also won the 2009 Mayakoba Golf Classic and the 2007 Honda Classic.
Wilson’s ranking also improved greatly from 91 to 51 in the world ranking.