Mark Wilson Wins The Humana Challenge
Mark Wilson shot a 3-under (69) during the final round of the Humana Challenge to earn his first victory of the 2012 season. Wilson made birdie on the final hole to hold off a charge from Robert Garrigus and record career victory number five on the PGA Tour.
(Mark Wilson earned career victory number 5 this week. Photo: Desert News)
Wilson, who was 1-over through the front nine, played the back nine bogey free and made a spectacular birdie from the bunker on the 12th hole. Garrigus had an eagle opportunity but narrowly missed allowing Wilson to win with his 24th birdie of the tournament. He added two eagles along with his brides and made just four bogies through 72-holes to finish at 24-under (264).
Wilson earned $1,008,000 and 500 FedEx Cup points with the victory.
Humana Challange Notables
Johnson Wagner, Robert Garrigus and John Mallinger all finished in a tie for second, two strokes behind Mark Wilson. Wagner won the Sony Open in Hawaii last week and holds an early lead in the FedEx Cup standings. Garrigus made a 3-putt par on the final hole to come up short of Wilson and tie for second. He was in search of his first win on the PGA Tour since November 2010. Mallinger played the final two rounds without a bogey but couldn't find a couple extra strokes on the final holes to catch Wilson. It's the second time in his PGA Tour career he has finished second.
Phil Mickelson made his 2012 debut this week, finishing at 10-under in a tie for 49th. Mickelson was one of 19 players to shoot over par in the first round but followed it up by shooting 3-under (69) in the second round and made the cut by shooting 6-under (66) in third round.
Dustin Johnson made his 2012 debut and was the only player in the field ranked in the top 10. Johnson was even after the first round but withdrew after playing nine holes during the second round due to back pain. He was four over par at the time.