Mark Wilson (golfer)

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Mark Wilson
— Golfer —
Personal information
Full name Mark Joseph Wilson
Born (1974-10-31) October 31, 1974 (age 39)
Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Weight 145 lb (66 kg; 10.4 st)
Nationality  United States
Residence Elmhurst, Illinois
Spouse Amy
Career
College University of North Carolina
Turned professional 1997
Current tour(s) PGA Tour
Professional wins 9
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 5
Other 4
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament CUT: 2011, 2012
U.S. Open CUT: 1998, 2011, 2012, 2014
The Open Championship T63: 2011
PGA Championship T26: 2011

Mark Joseph Wilson (born October 31, 1974) is an American professional golfer who plays on the PGA Tour.

Professional career[edit]

Wilson turned professional in 1997 and played on the NGA Hooters Tour for the early part of his career, where he won three times between 1998-2001.[1] He then won his PGA Tour card for the 2003 season after finishing T17 at the Q School in 2002. In his first full season on tour, Wilson narrowly missed out on retaining his card when he finished 128th on the money list. He held conditional status for the 2004 PGA Tour season and alternated between the PGA Tour and Nationwide Tour for the season. He then regained his tour card for 2005 season at Q School and finished the year with three top-10 finishes including a T3 at the Valero Texas Open, which at the time was his best finish on the PGA Tour. He continued with conditional status in 2006 after finishing 133rd on the money list in 2005, then again regained full status at the 2006 Q School for the 2007 season.

Wilson won for the first time on the PGA Tour at the Honda Classic in March 2007, where he triumphed in a four-way playoff. He won the tournament on the third extra hole after being tied with José Cóceres, Camilo Villegas and Boo Weekley at 5-under-par.[2] This victory lifted Wilson into the top 100 of the Official World Golf Ranking for the first time in his career.[3]

Wilson has since won the 2009 Mayakoba Golf Classic at Riviera Maya-Cancun, the 2011 Sony Open in Hawaii[4] and the 2011 Waste Management Phoenix Open where he triumphed in a playoff against Jason Dufner.[5] The Sony Open victory earned Wilson his first trip to the Masters. Wilson earned his fifth PGA Tour victory at the 2012 Humana Challenge, holding off the challenge of Robert Garrigus, Johnson Wagner and John Mallinger by two strokes. He finished at 24-under-par, helped by a second round 62 which included eight birdies and an eagle.[6] With the win, he moved to a career high of 40th in the Official World Golf Ranking. The following month, Wilson enjoyed a good run at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship where he made it all the way to the semi-finals before losing to eventual champion Hunter Mahan, 2&1. He did however win the consolation match to finish third, defeating world number three Lee Westwood, 1 up. In his run for the semi-finals, Wilson beat Bo Van Pelt (3&2), Robert Rock (3&2), Dustin Johnson (4&3) and Peter Hanson (4&3). This was Wilson' best showing at a WGC event and he moved to a career high 24th in the world ranking.

Personal life[edit]

Wilson was born in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin and currently resides in Elmhurst, Illinois.

Along with his wife, Amy, he is heavily involved in the Blessings in a Backpack charitable organization, with a mission of sending needy school children home every weekend with nonperishable food they can eat on Saturday and Sunday.

Professional wins (9)[edit]

PGA Tour wins (5)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 Mar 4, 2007 Honda Classic −5 (72-66-66-71=275) Playoff Argentina José Cóceres, Colombia Camilo Villegas,
United States Boo Weekley
2 Mar 1, 2009 Mayakoba Golf Classic at Riviera Maya-Cancun −13 (66-64-69-68=267) 2 strokes United States J. J. Henry
3 Jan 16, 2011 Sony Open in Hawaii −16 (65-67-65-67=264) 2 strokes South Africa Tim Clark, United States Steve Marino
4 Feb 7, 2011 Waste Management Phoenix Open −18 (65-64-68-69=266) Playoff United States Jason Dufner
5 Jan 22, 2012 Humana Challenge −24 (66-62-67-69=264) 2 strokes United States Robert Garrigus, United States John Mallinger,
United States Johnson Wagner

PGA Tour playoff record (2–0)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 2007 Honda Classic Argentina José Cóceres, Colombia Camilo Villegas
United States Boo Weekley
Won with birdie on third extra hole
Villegas and Weekley eliminated with par on second hole
2 2011 Waste Management Phoenix Open United States Jason Dufner Won with birdie on second extra hole

NGA Hooters Tour wins (3)[edit]

Other wins (1)[edit]

Results in major championships[edit]

Tournament 1998 1999
Masters Tournament DNP DNP
U.S. Open CUT DNP
The Open Championship DNP DNP
PGA Championship DNP DNP
Tournament 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Masters Tournament DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
U.S. Open DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP CUT DNP CUT
Tournament 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Masters Tournament DNP CUT CUT DNP DNP
U.S. Open DNP CUT CUT DNP CUT
The Open Championship DNP T63 CUT DNP DNP
PGA Championship DNP T26 CUT DNP DNP

DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied
Yellow background for top-10.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mark Wilson". PGA Tour. Retrieved October 22, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Wilson Wins Honda Playoff For First PGA Tour Win". NBC Sports. Associated Press. March 5, 2007. Retrieved January 18, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Week 9 - Mark Wilson Wins the Honda Classic and Breaks into the World Top 100". Official World Golf Rankings. March 5, 2007. 
  4. ^ "Mark Wilson clinches Sony Open title in Hawaii". BBC Sport. January 16, 2011. Retrieved January 17, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Wilson wins playoff in Phoenix Open". Sports Illustrated. February 7, 2011. Retrieved February 7, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Mark Wilson wins Humana Challenge". The Augusta Chronicle. January 22, 2012. Retrieved January 22, 2012. 

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