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Mark Wilson (FJ ICON #52308, SciFlex glove) went bogey-free over the final 36 holes Sunday en route to capturing the Sony Open by two shots over fellow FJ players Tim Clark (DryJoys Tour style #53767) and Steve Marino (FJ Sport style #53102, SciFlex). Wilson shot a 5-under 65 in the morning to take a one-shot lead into the afternoon round. Despite only six minutes between rounds, he closed with a 3-under 67 for his third career victory.The win came with some anxious moments, courtesy of Marino and Clark. Marino was 13 under and needed an eagle on 18, which looked improbable when his drive splashed out of the bunker and onto the side of a hill.With his feet in the sand, and the ball about chest-high on the hill, Marino lashed at it with a fairway metal and watched it hook onto the front of the green and stop 40 feet away."I saw the ball, and I thought, 'OK, eagle is going to be pretty tough for him to make.' It was one incredible shot," Wilson said.Marino's eagle putt narrowly missed, and Wilson pitched to 4 feet and made a birdie he didn't need. He finished at 16-under 264.The big move of the day came from Clark, and he was on the other side of the course.Because of the 36-hole final -- forced by a washout in the first round Thursday -- players did not change groups for the afternoon. Clark started the day six shots out of the lead, shot 66 in the morning and made his move on the front nine -- his last nine holes. His birdie on No. 6 took him to 12 under, then he nearly made an ace on the par-3 seventh for a tap-in birdie and gave himself two good looks at the end.With this win, Wilson earns his second trip to Augusta for the Masters. His first came in 2001 as a spectator. Wilson won the Honda Classic in 2007, but a month later Augusta National changed its criteria to invite most PGA TOUR winners. He won in Mexico two years later, but that doesn't count toward the Masters because it is an opposite-field tournament.Wilson finally returns to Augusta as a player, and he can only hope his celebration ends by April."From what I've learned over the years is the more you succeed out here, the more people expect of you," Wilson said. "But I'm going to enjoy this like crazy."
Congrats Mark Wilson on your third win. Nice choice of FJ ICON for your Sunday 36 hole final!
Congrats to Mark Wilson on finally being able to take that trip to Augusta.
I had never heard of Mark Wilson until yesterday. The man has a great game. He was so cool under pressure having to play 36 holes on Sunday. I was very impressed by his play & I think he will win again on tour this year. Nice man with a great attitude, just what the tour needs.
Congratulations on the win, and the trip to Augusta (inside the ropes this time). The bogey free final two rounds was very impressive and deserving of the victory! The ICON #52308's are very sharp!
A great win for Wilson. And using those ICONS and Sciflex glove for 36 holes just added icing to the cake.
Huge win for Wilson that gets him into the Masters. Great shoes and a lot of fun watching that tournament.
Congrats Mark,nice 36 holes on sun. and good luck in Augusta.
Great start to the season, and way to close it out on 18. Good luck at Augusta!