PGA Tour
Wilson hangs on to win Humana Challenge



La Quinta, CA (Sports Network - Mark Wilson birdied two of the last three holes Sunday to win the Humana Challenge by two strokes.

Wilson finished at 24-under-par 264 for his fifth PGA Tour title, including his third since the start of the 2011 campaign.

After dangerous wind halted play on Saturday, the third round was completed earlier Sunday. Wilson capped a five-under 67 to take a three-stroke lead into the final round.

Wilson, who won the Sony and Phoenix Opens last year, was one-over par after 10 holes and had lost his lead. But he birdied four of the final eight holes to grab the victory.

"I was amazed at the peace I had. I just hung in there. I didn't make many 20- footers," Wilson said in a television interview. "I finally rolled that one in on 16 and to make that one (on 18) was a capper. It's good to win in the desert, the desert been good to me."

Johnson Wagner, who won the Sony Open last week, fired seven-under 65 to jump into a share of second place. He was joined at 22-under-par by John Mallinger (66) and Robert Garrigus (68).

Jeff Maggert carded an eight-under 64 to end alone in fifth at minus-21.

The first three rounds were spread over three course, before the final round was played on the Palmer course at PGA West.

Wilson missed the green on the par-three third and that led to a bogey. He parred the other eight holes of the front side, and also parred the 10th.

At that point, Wilson had dropped one behind his playing partner Garrigus. The big-hitting Garrigus had four birdies and a bogey to move to 21-under after 10 holes.

Mallinger, who was playing in the penultimate group, had two birdies and an eagle on the front nine. He two-putted for birdie on the par-five 11th to join Garrigus atop the leaderboard.

Wilson fought back into a share of the lead with an up-and-down birdie on the 11th. He made it two in a row as he holed out for birdie from a greenside bunker on the par-three 12th.

Mallinger sank a four-footer for birdie at 14 to join Wilson in the lead. Garrigus joined them at 22-under with a long birdie putt on the 14th.

Wilson rolled in a birdie putt from just inside 11 feet at 16, but Garrigus matched him with a 10-foot birdie effort of his own.

Garrigus three-putted for bogey from the fringe on the par-three 17th to the fall one back.

It was all down to the par-five 18th. Known as a short, but accurate hitter, Wilson was going to have to be on his game against some big hitters.

Wagner, who was in the third-to-last group, got up and down for birdie to get in first at 22-under. He had seven birdies in a bogey-free round, but it wasn't enough.

Mallinger dropped his third shot to 12 feet at the par-five closing hole. He was unable to convert that as Wilson dodged that bullet.

Wilson knocked his second shot to the back fringe. His eagle putt stopped 10 feet from the hole opening the door for Garrigus.

Garrigus had 28 feet for eagle. If he were able to convert that, Wilson would have to make his birdie try to force a playoff. However, Garrigus missed and Wilson made his birdie putt to seal the win.

Garrigus also missed his birdie chance. He closed with his second three-putt par on a par-five in the final round.

NOTES: Wilson earned $1.008 million for the win...Since the end of the third round was pushed into Sunday, the third round of the pro-am portion of the tournament was canceled...Danny Lee had a hole-in-hole on the 17th, and it was the fourth ace of the week...Bubba Watson will defend his title next week in San Diego at the Farmers Insurance Open.

01/22 21:11:43 ET