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Bogey-free Wilson wins at Waialae with PING
January 16, 2011

Callaway GolfPING Pro Mark Wilson won his third PGA Tour title on Sunday in a fashion that would make his beloved Green Bay Packers proud. The Wisconsin native gutted out a 36-hole Sunday as the only player to be bogey-free in the final two rounds. His 65-67 on a long day put him at 16 under for a two-shot win at the Sony Open in Hawaii at Waialae Country Club in Honolulu.

In a post-round interview, Wilson, at 5’7” and 150 pounds, thanked his personal trainer for the off-season workouts they did to make the 36-year-old fit enough to hold up over 36 holes (necessitated by a first-round rain out).

Mark Wilson won the Sony OpenPivotal to his win was the par-3 17th in the final round, where he showcased the strengths of his game this week: bunker play and putting. Leading by one, Wilson found a greenside bunker with his tee shot, then blasted out to 12 feet. He made the putt to maintain his one-shot cushion heading to the par-5 18th. “When the left side of the hole caught it I was ecstatic,” he said. For the week, he made 21 putts over six feet, most in the field, and was 100% in sand saves, also first.

Wilson birdied 18 for the fourth time in a row to seal the win. Key to maintaining his composure, he said, was staying calm. “You waste energy when you worry.”

Wilson’s victory earned him $990,000, along with a two-year Tour exemption, an invitation to his first Masters (“I’m excited I can put The Masters on my schedule”), and a spot in his second U.S. Open.

On Waialae’s narrow fairways, the ninth-year Tour player was 2nd in driving accuracy for the week with his i15 driver. Also in his PING bag were i15 hybrids, i10 irons, PING Tour wedges, and a Karsten Series Anser putter.

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