by Jeff Skinner
During a very long day at The Humana Challenge Mark Wilson showed that you can’t give up hope. At a tournament that previously was simply known as “The Hope” Wilson had faith in his game and hoped he could hold onto his lead as his competitors were bearing down on him while his game went silent. His faith was rewarded as he birdied the eighteenth hole in near darkness to finish two strokes clear of a trio of golfers and claim The Humana Challenge and hoist the Bob Hope Memorial Trophy.
After playing the front nine in one over par Wilson found his game over the back nine where he carded four birdies. “It was a challenge,” Wilson said, “But I guess my experience helped me in this situation knowing that, Hey, there’s a lot of golf left, maybe I want it make my birdies at the end of the round, and thankfully that’s what I did this time.”
Wilson is a familiar face this time of year on the PGA Tour. He won twice early last season at The Sony and The Waste Management Open. It’s pretty amazing considering the native from Wisconsin spends his winters at his home in Illinois. Wilson is a lot like Steve Stricker who also prefers snowshoes to Footjoys over the winter. Two golfers that live in the frozen north have collected two of the first three tournaments of the year. I guess you don’t have to live in a warm weather climate to get it done on the PGA Tour.