Wilson gets second PGA Tour title|
Playa del Carmen, Mexico (Sports Network) - Mark Wilson shot a two-under 68 on
Sunday to polish off his second career PGA Tour victory at the Mayakoba Golf
Wilson, a third-round co-leader, finished at 13-under 267 and won by two
strokes at El Camaleon Golf Club.
"I guess right now I'm overwhelmed with the warmth of the people here in
Cancun," acknowledged Wilson. "They've been so nice. It was hard to get off
the putting green from the closing ceremonies, and just signing autographs.
Everybody is really excited, and I vow to be a good champion for Mayakoba."
J.J. Henry also posted a two-under 68 in Sunday's final round to come in
second at minus-11. Kevin Streelman (64) and Heath Slocum (67) tied for third
at 10-under 270.
Wilson was able to break away from the pack early on Sunday. He birdied the
second and third holes and fellow overnight co-leader Bo Van Pelt sank almost
immediately. Henry played well to start, but Wilson still had total control of
Wilson birdied the ninth and 12th holes and, despite a birdie from Henry at
the 11th, Wilson was three shots ahead of his closest pursuer.
Things changed pretty quickly.
Henry birdied the 13th hole and Wilson dropped a shot at the par-four 14th.
Within two holes, Wilson lost his three-stroke cushion and was only one ahead
with four to play.
Then a funny thing happened on the way to the winner's circle - bad weather.
Winds swirled and kicked up heavily.
Henry bogeyed both the 16th and 17th holes. Wilson bogeyed No. 16 also, but
was able to save par at 17. Wilson left himself with an easy par at the last
to secure his second PGA Tour title.
"The rest of the week we had east-southeast winds. Today we had northwest
winds," said Wilson, who pocketed $648,000 for the win. "The skies were pretty
dark and I'm kind of happy we got it in."
Wilson's only other win came at the 2007 Honda Classic, which makes it almost
two years to the day between victories. At the Honda, Wilson had to survive a
four-hole playoff, but on Sunday he was able to get it done in regulation.
Kevin Na managed an even-par 70 and took fifth place at minus-eight.
Former PGA Champions Rich Beem (65) and David Toms (66) shared sixth place
with Aron Price (66), Jerry Kelly (68), James Nitties (69), Jarrod Lyle (71)
and Briny Baird (73). That group finished at seven-under 273.
Van Pelt (79) struggled badly in his bid for PGA Tour win No. 1.
03/01 18:56:58 ET