Mark Wilson goes bogeyless in the 36-hole Sony marathon

Shane Bacon
January 17, 2011

They tell professional golfers to stay in the moment, but Mark Wilson had to be thinking of what would come from winning on Sunday in Hawaii.

A two-year exemption. Nearly a million bucks. An invite to the Masters. It's the typical stuff that goes through a PGA Tour member's mind when they're trying to become more than just another guy on the course with a caddie.

Wilson's win wasn't the typical victory. Unlike most people that battle on Sunday, Wilson, and the rest of the field, had to spend their Sunday-funday playing 36 holes. How did the Sony Open winner do with half the tournament squeezed into one day? Zero bogeys, one win and a bunch of big shots while others were shooting at him.

One was Tim Clark, seeking his second PGA Tour victory this week. Clark closed with a 64; that would have had a chance to be a shot better if his eagle putt on the last would have gone. It didn't, and it gave Wilson a chance to cruise to victory.

Another was Steve Marino, probably the most talented golfer on the PGA Tour without a victory. Marino made two early bogeys, came back with four birdies, including one on his final hole, and showed that his golf game continues to mature.

But it was Wilson who broke through during this strange week in Hawaii, and it was Wilson who didn't mind the weather and the final-day grind.