January 23 2012
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.