MARANA, Ariz. – Mark Wilson won Sunday’s consolation final against Lee Westwood 1 up to claim third place at the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship. For Wilson, a five-time winner on the PGA TOUR, it’s his best finish in seven World Golf Championships starts.
The disappointment of not reaching the finals – he was beaten by Hunter Mahan in the semifinals – was tempered somewhat by beating Westwood, a No. 1 seed who came into this week ranked No. 3 in the world.
“Lee Westwood is obviously a great player and top-ranked player in the world,” Wilson said. “so it's pretty cool to beat him.”
Wilson never trailed in the match after winning the second hole with a birdie. After the 13th hole, he was 3 up, but Westwood won the next two holes to put pressure on him.
“I kind of had him 3-down there and I let him back in with my play on 14 and 15,” Wilson said. “But thankfully I came through with three pars at the end, and he didn't make any birdies on top of me.”
Here’s the hole-by-hole coverage of the match at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club:
CONSOLATION UPDATES (All times ET)
5:45 p.m. – Westwood can’t drain the 22-footer for birdie that would have extended the match. Wilson wins 1 up
5:32 p.m. – Both players par the par-4 17th, with Westwood extending the match by making a 5-footer to save par. Wilson is headed for the 18th hole for the first time this week. Wilson 1 up through 17
5:19 p.m. – Westwood missed a birdie attempt from inside 9 feet that would have squared the match. Wilson 1 up through 16
5:10 p.m. – Westwood won his second consecutive hole, rolling in a 7-1/2 foot birdie putt at the drivable par-4 15th while Wilson missed his birdie attempt from 4 feet. Wilson 1 up through 15
5 p.m. – Wilson found the fairway bunker with his tee shot, then the greenside bunker with his third shot at the par-4 14th. That resulted in a bogey, as Westwood wins the hole. Wilson 2 up through 14
4:44 p.m. – Both players had birdie putts inside of four feet at the par-5 13th. But only Wilson made his. Wilson 3 up through 13
4:29 p.m. – Westwood gets up-and-down from the greenside bunker to halve the par-3 12th, but Wilson’s still in command. Wilson 2 up through 12
4:19 p.m. – Wilson birdied the par-5 11th with a 7-foot putt while Westwood had to settle for par. Wilson wins the hole. Wilson 2 up through 11
4:04 p.m. – Pars for both players at the par-4 10th. Westwood missed a golden opportunity to square the match when he missed a birdie putt from 6 feet. Wilson 1 up through 10
3:51 p.m. – Both players parred the par-4 ninth. Westwood had the best look at birdie but missed a 17-footer. Wilson 1 up through 9
3:37 p.m. – Both players birdied the par-5 eighth. Westwood had a two-putt birdie; Wilson chipped to 5-1/2 feet and made the putt. Wilson 1 up through 8
3:22 p.m. – Westwood bounces back with birdie at the par-4 seventh with a spectacular putt from the fairway, 41 feet, 2 inches from the pin. That’s the sixth longest putt by any player this week and allows Westwood to win the hole. Wilson 1 up through 7
3:11 p.m. – Westwood bogeys the par-3 sixth after his tee shot found the greenside bunker. He blasted out to 29 feet but couldn’t make the long par putt, giving Wilson the hole. Wilson 2 up through 6.
3:05 p.m. -- Par-4 fifth halved with pars. Wilson 1 up through 5
2:50 p.m. – The driveable par-4 fourth was tempting for Westwood and he delivered with a 329-yard drive that found the greenside bunker. He blasted out to 3 feet for the birdie that would give him the win after Wilson missed from 26 feet. Wilson 1 up through 4.
2:38 p.m. – Westwood put his tee shot in the water at the par-3 third hole. He hit his third shot to the edge of the green and chipped to 11 feet, the conceded the hole to Wilson, who was 10 feet away for par. Wilson 2 up through 3.
2:35 p.m. – Wilson did what he had trouble doing in the semifinals – he made a birdie at the par-5 second, rolling in a 12-footer to take the early advantage. Wilson 1 up through 2.
2:20 p.m. – And they’re off. The first hole was halved with two-putts from 35 feet for Westwood and 30 feet for Wilson. All square through 1.
2:02 p.m. – Speaking of FedExCup points, Lee Westwood will earn some for the first time in his career. Only PGA TOUR members are eligible, and Westwood has joined for 2012.
1:59 p.m. – Despite his semifinal loss, Mark Wilson is assured of his second top-five finish of the season. He won the Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation last month and currently ranks sixth in the FedExCup.