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
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
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