Mark Wilson made a 10-foot birdie putt on the final hole to win the Humana Challenge in La Quinta, Calif., yesterday, beating Robert Garrigus (68), John Mallinger (66), and Johnson Wagner (65) by two strokes in a dramatic dusk finish to the wind-delayed tournament.
Moments after Garrigus (68) barely missed a 35-foot eagle putt that would have given him the lead, Wilson coolly made his birdie try in the disappearing light, calmly celebrating his fifth career PGA Tour victory.
Wilson led by three strokes in the morning after finishing his third round, which was delayed by ferocious desert winds Saturday. Wilson quickly gave away the lead, but played bogey-free over the final 15 holes.
He closed with a 3-under-par 69 to finish at 24 under, taking the $1,008,000 winner’s share.
Champions - Dan Forsman shot a 3-under 69 for a 15-under 201 total to edge Jay Don Blake (67) by two strokes and win the season-opening Mitsubishi Electric Championship in Kaupuleha-Kona, Hawaii. In his first event on the senior circuit, Brad Faxon (72) finished tied for 18th.
European - Branden Grace (71) won the Volvo Champions in George, South Africa, beating Ernie Els (67) and Retief Goosen (70) with a birdie on the first hole of a playoff.