Mark Wilson Wins In Hawaii
By Kickntrue on 1/17/11
The Sony Open, played at Waialae Country Club in Hawaii, was won by Mark Wilson yesterday in a 36-hole marathon finish. Rain delayed the first round and left the course too wet to play more than 18 the previous days- so the players knew going into Sunday it was going to be a long one. Wilson, a 12 year pro, said the quick turnaround was good for him- not giving him time to get nervous about his lead and in winning the Sony, Wilson has earned a trip to Augusta National to play the Masers.
Wilson shot a 5-under 65 in the morning to take a one-shot lead into the afternoon round. With six minutes between rounds -- enough time to get a chicken sandwich and a fresh box of golf balls from his locker -- he closed with a 3-under 67 and held off late runs by Tim Clark and Steve Marino on different sides of Waialae.

Wilson's last trip to Augusta National was 2001 -- as a spectator.

"I get goose bumps thinking about it," he said.
I think we lose sight sometimes of how amazing it actually is to get to go to Augusta. Week in and week out 125 PGA Tour members are exempt and eligible to play a PGA Tour event- but the Masters isn't that. If you follow the Tour closely, Mark Wilson isn't a new name to you- and that's kind of the point. He's a solid pro who has been around for years- yet he's just now getting to go to Augusta. Congrats to him on the awesome opportunity- oh, and the winning of $990,000 this weekend. That's not bad either.

It must be such a stress relief to win this early in the year. Wilson can pretty much play like a hack the rest of the year and he'll now keep his card for 2012. Not only do you wrap up being a millionaire in 2011, but you secure it for 2012 as well.

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[ comments ]
bducharm says:
AWESOME victory for a truly great guy! He's a very strong Christian and a HUGE Packer fan - gotta love him for those!!!
1/17/11
 
birdieXris says:
I think the tour should go back to 36 holes in a day to finish. Remember when the US open was like that (maybe you didn't even know). THOSE were tests of golf. Get it done, go out and re-cut the holes and start all over again. THAT'S real sport.
1/17/11
 
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