January 22 2012
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.