In only the third event of the PGA Tour season, Mark Wilson gave the i20 driver and irons their first wins. His two-shot victory at the Humana Challenge in La Quinta, Calif., was his fifth Tour title. He finished at 24 under (66-62-67-69).
Wilson had two early wins to begin last season, so it wasn’t surprising to see the PING Pro leading after three rounds. But his final round started slowly. He was 1-over through 10 holes, waiting for the kind of birdie run that propelled him to a 62 on the same Palmer Course two days earlier (there are three courses in the tournament rotation). When he birdied the 11th, then made another from the greenside bunker on the 12th, he had his momentum. With birdies on 16 and the home hole, he played the final eight holes in four under. Wilson earned $1,008,000 and is second on the FedExCup points list.
He credits his fast start the past two seasons to the breaks he has taken during November and December. “I can clear my mind of golf. I tend to remember the good things I did before and when I came out the last two years I just had a clear mind. It feels good to win.”
Wilson’s PING equipment includes an i20 driver (8.5º), i15 hybrids (17º and 20º), i20 irons 4-PW, Tour wedges (52º and 60º), and a Karsten Anser putter.
PING Pro Jeff Maggert made a final-round charge with an 8-under 64 to finish fifth at 21 under.