Green Bay Packers fan Mark Wilson celebrated a big victory of his own on a playing field about as close to frozen tundra as it gets on the PGA Tour.
A self-described cheese-head from Menomonee Falls, Wis., Wilson won the frost-delayed Phoenix Open on Monday for his second victory in three starts this year, holing a 9-foot birdie putt on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff with Jason Dufner.
“I’m just enjoying the ride here and that’s just kind of the way I’m going to look at the year here, just ride this train as long as I can,” Wilson said.
After playing until dark Sunday and fulfilling some parental duties, he was able to watch only a few minutes of the Super Bowl.
“I had to wash Lane’s face and put his jammies on, and I had to eat, too,” Wilson said. “The chaos, with two little kids running around — I like the chaos; it’s a good distraction. But at that time, I want to at least get to watch the last 15 minutes of this game. This doesn’t happen every year, the Packers in the Super Bowl.
“Luckily, my son, after we played ‘Candy Land’ in the middle of the fourth quarter, he said, ‘OK, the last two minutes we can watch it together.’ So we watched that last stand, and I was happy that (the Packers) somehow pulled it off.”
Delays for frost and frozen turf the first four days forced the Monday finish.
Two strokes ahead when play resumed Monday, Wilson closed with a 2-under 69 to match Dufner at 18 under. Dufner shot a 66, with birdies on Nos. 16 and 17.
“(I) came out and made a couple birdies to put maybe a little heat on Mark, and he played great,” Dufner said.
Wilson earned $1,098,000 for his fourth PGA Tour title.
Third-round leader Tommy Gainey, a stroke back with two holes left, closed with a 74 to tie for eighth at 14 under. He made a triple-bogey 7 on the par-4 17th after hitting into the water twice.
“I guess I’ve just got to deal with it,” Gainey said. “You’ve got to win with class and you’ve got to lose with class, so I’m trying to deal with that right now.”
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