Mark Wilson, Player of the Year, So Far

by Jeff Skinner

There was no Cinderella Story in the desert.  Tommy Two Gloves Gainey stumbled down the stretch as he put his drive in the water at the drivable 17th hole.  He then hit his chip to the green but it came up short and rolled back into the pond.  He was done but Mark Wilson still had some work to do.  Jason Dufner had birdied sixteen and seventeen to pull even with Wilson at eighteen under.  Wilson parred eighteen and the two went to a playoff.

After Dufner and Wilson both took pars on the first playoff hole Wilson made a nine foot birdie to close out the much delayed, Frosty Waste Management Phoenix Open.  It is Wilson’s fourth PGA Tour win and his second this season.  He kicked off his season with a bang when he won the first full field event of the year at The Sony Open.

It seems that at 36 Wilson is in a groove like he has never seen before.  Wilson, who turned pro in 1997, has doubled his career victory total with his two wins this season.  Wilson finished 123rd on the money list with $789,681.  So far this year his two wins in three events have earned him well over $2,000,000.  That has to tell us something about the depth of this tour.  As the tour likes to say “These guys are good.”

See Wilson’s victory here.


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