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Mark Wilson wins playoff; Gary Woodland finishes fifth

February 8, 2011


— Packers fan Mark Wilson celebrated a big victory of his own on a playing field about as close to frozen tundra as it gets on the PGA Tour.

A self-described cheesehead from Menomonee Falls, Wis., Wilson won the frost-delayed Phoenix Open on Monday for his second victory in three starts this year, holing a nine-foot birdie putt on the second hole of a playoff with Jason Dufner.

“I’m just enjoying the ride here, and that’s just kind of the way I’m going to look at the year here, just ride this train as long as I can,” Wilson said.

After playing until dark Sunday and fulfilling parental duties, he was able to watch only a few minutes of the Super Bowl.

“I had to wash Lane’s face and put his jammies on, and I had to eat, too,” Wilson said. “The chaos, with two little kids running around — I like the chaos; it’s a good distraction. But at that time, I want to at least get to watch the last 15 minutes of this game. This doesn’t happen every year, the Packers in the Super Bowl.

“Luckily, my son, after we played Candy Land in the middle of the fourth quarter, he said, ‘OK, the last two minutes we can watch it together.’ So we watched that last stand, and I was happy that they somehow pulled it off.”

Delays for frost and frozen turf the first four days forced the Monday finish.

Two strokes ahead when play resumed Monday, Wilson closed with a 2-under 69 to match Dufner at 18 under. Dufner shot a 66, with birdies on Nos. 16 and 17.

Former Kansas University golfer Gary Woodland fired a final-round 66 to finish at 15-under par, good for a three-way tie for fifth place that earned him $222,650. Woodland ranks seventh on the PGA Tour money list, one spot ahead of Phil Mickelson, with $675,526 in earnings.


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