Mark Wilson is a player that is comfortable in his own shoes and certainly knows how to get the most out his game. Wilson is not a real long hitter or a flashy player, but one of those guys that when you add them up in the clubhouse, it’s another 67 or 66.
Although there are many things we could learn about Wilson’s overall game, it was his putting stroke that took center stage this week. Heading into the Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation, Wilson discovered a very specific thought when putting: Keep your head still.
Sometimes the challenge to putting is just learning to keep things quiet or passive through impact, whether it’s your hips, weight, hands or that dreaded head movement. It’s just so easy to want to peek and have the head move to soon as the putterhead moves through impact.
To help quiet things down this week in California, Wilson made a dot on his golf ball and focused on that as the putterhead made moved through impact to quiet down the eyes and the urgency to peek. Such a simple thing can be so effective to help keep the head still.
Another tip that can lead to keeping the head still when putting is to get the mind to think more past impact to what we call the “end point” at the TOUR Academies. A simple cadence to follow is A-B-C. Allow “A” to be the backstroke and “B” to be the end point. Focus on the putterhead coming to a complete stop at the end point and then allow “C” to occur where you turn and track the ball with your trail eye.
Again, a very simple cadence but yet when focusing on it can really provide structure to the putting stroke allowing the head to remain still during the stroke leading to more trust and consistency.
Travis Fulton is the Director of Instruction at the TOUR Academies at TPC Sawgrass and the World Golf Village. For more information on the TOUR Academy, click here.
LA JOLLA, Calif. -- OK. So the Green Bay Packers won't be returning to the Super Bowl.
But golfers from Wisconsin have certainly given their fellow cheeseheads something to cheer about this year.
Two of the first three PGA TOUR events have been won by golfers from Wisconsin with Steve Stricker capturing the Hyundai Tournament of Champions and Mark Wilson taking a one-stroke victory Sunday at the Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation.
Not to mention, Dan Forsman, who was born in Rhinelander, Wisc., captured the Champions Tour opener at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship on Sunday.
Stricker, who was born in Edgerton and now lives in Madison, has won three times in the last 13 months. Ditto for Wilson, who hails from Menomonee Falls and famously wore a "Cheesehead" hat last year during his victory at the Waste Management Phoenix Open.
No one else on TOUR has that many victories in the same time frame. Small wonder that Wilson and Stricker rank Nos. 2-3 in the FedExCup standings, too.
Who will be the next winner from Wisconsin? Give us your vote below.
By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
LA QUINTA, Calif. -- Everyone was making birdies. Just not Mark Wilson.
Luckily, though, he had started the day with a three-stroke advantage -- and when Wilson finally got that first birdie putt to drop, there was no stopping him as he played his final eight holes in 4 under on Sunday to win the Humana Challenge by two strokes.
With a flair for the dramatic, Wilson sealed the victory with a
10-foot birdie putt in near darkness on the 18th hole to beat
Robert Garrigus, John Mallinger and Johnson Wagner by two strokes.
After making the turn 1 over, Wilson closed with a 69 to earn the
fifth victory of his PGA TOUR career.
"It was a challenge," Wilson said as he talked about the difficulty of staying patient when birdies were flying all around him. "But I guess my experience helped me in this situation knowing that, Hey, there's a lot of golf left, maybe I want it make my birdies at the end of the round, and thankfully that's what I did this time."
Wilson regained the lead for good when Garrigus missed a 6-footer for par at the 17th hole. Both then went for the green in two at the par-5 18th with Wilson's 2-hybrid running through to the back fringe some 68 feet away and Garrigus' 5-iron coming up 28 feet short.
Wilson putted first, and his ball stopped 10 feet to the left and short of the pin. Then Garrigus' first putt went 9 feet past. When Wilson made his birdie putt, though, the victory was his.
"I felt like Robert and I really had a good time, and Zach (Johnson, their playing partner) for that matter," Wilson said. "But Robert and I were kind of going back and forth. We enjoyed that. Both making the putts on 16, and then, yeah, it just came down to 18. I didn't want to give him a chance to make that putt to tie me. So thankfully I rolled mine in and got it done."
Garrigus had started the Humana Challenge on the back nine of the Palmer Course and he was 6 over as he played the 18th hole that Thursday. But he shot a 61 in the wind-delayed third round and played his final 64 holes in 28 under to have a chance to win.
“Just because of the what we are thinking of on the 18th fairway on Thursday to what I was thinking of on the 18th fairway today, I'm like, Can you believe we actually have a shot to win this thing if I make this eagle putt?’ Garrigus said. “It was just, it was exciting and that's what we live for. And I got a lot of guts, and I don't like to lay down very easily. So it was a blast.
“We had so much fun this week, and especially the 61. It could have been 54. I was making everything and anything that didn't go in just hit the lip. It was a blast. I'll never forget it.”
Mark Wilson has won the Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation for his fifth career PGA TOUR victory and his third in 13 months. Want to send your congratulations? Leave a note in our comments section and we'll send it to him!
LA QUINTA, Calif -- With the shadows settling over the Palmer Course at PGA West, Mark Wilson drained a 10-footer for birdie at the 18th hole to win the Humana Challenge by two strokes.
Robert Garrigus, who had bogeyed No. 17 to fall out of a tie for the lead with his playing partner, had a chance to finish solo second. But he missed a 9-footer for birdie that would have separated him from John Mallinger and Johnson Wagner, who won the Sony Open in Hawaii last week.
The victory was the fifth of Wilson’s career. Three of them have now come in the first five events of the last two seasons – Wilson won the Sony Open last year and will defend his title at the Waste Management Phoenix Open in two weeks.
Wilson closed with a 69 and didn’t make a birdie until the 11th hole in the final round. He played his final eight holes in 4 under to seal the victory.
Mark Wilson holes a 49-foot bunker shot on the par-3 12th hole for a birdie two.
LA QUINTA, Calif. -- Everyone else was making birdies while Mark Wilson was settling for pars Sunday afternoon on the front side of the Palmer Course at PGA West.
In fact, the former UNC standout was the only player among the top 19 on the leaderboard to make the turn over par with a 37. Wilson made eight pars and one bogey as the three-stroke lead he started the final round with evaporated.
The back nine has been much kinder to Wilson, though. After tapping in from 9 inches for his first birdie, Wilson holed a bunker shot for another at the par-4 12th to break out of a three-way tie for the lead and move to 22 under.
Wilson, who followed the ball into the cup with his right fist raised in the air and his left leg kicking, now is one stroke ahead of Robert Garrigus and John Mallinger.
LA QUINTA, Calif. -- Mark Wilson has rejoined the tie at the top of the leaderboard after he got up-and-down from beside the green at the par-5 11th hole on the Palmer Course.
Wilson chipped to 9 inches for the tap-in birdie that drew him even with playing partner Robert Garrigus, who had to make a 5-footer for par on the same hole, and John Mallinger at 21 under. Mallinger, who is playing one group ahead, also birdied the same hole.
Johnson Wagner, who won last week's Sony Open in Hawaii, is just one shot behind the leaders after playing his first 13 holes in 5 under. He's tied with Zach Johnson, who is 2 under through 11.
Seven more players are within three strokes of the lead, including Brendon de Jonge, who is finished and heads the group of five players at 18 under. He shot 64 on Sunday.
LA QUINTA, Calif. – Mark Wilson fired a career-low 62 on Friday at the Palmer Course to vault into a tie for the lead at the Humana Challenge with Ben Crane and David Toms.
Wilson started with birdies on his first three holes, then capped off the round of 10 under with a 9-footer for his eighth birdie of the day. The four-time PGA TOUR champ also made a 15-footer for eagle on the 11th hole.
The trio will start Saturday’s third round at 16 under, three strokes ahead of Camilo Villegas, Harris English, Chris Kirk, John Mallinger and Bobby Gates. English also shot 62 but his came on the Nicklaus Course.