Packers fan enjoys own playoff success

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. --- 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.

Wisconsin native and Packers fan Mark Wilson dropped a 9-foot birdie putt on the second playoff hole to win the Phoenix Open.   Associated Press
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Wisconsin native and Packers fan Mark Wilson dropped a 9-foot birdie putt on the second playoff hole to win the Phoenix Open.

A self-described cheesehead 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 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.

Delays for frost and frozen turf the first four days forced the Monday finish.

Two strokes ahead when play resumed, Wilson closed with 2-under 69 to match Dufner at 18 under. Dufner shot 66, with birdies on Nos. 16 and 17.

"I was a little more nervous today than I was expecting," said Wilson, who earned $1,098,000 for his fourth PGA Tour title. "I didn't sleep great last night. It was probably the excitement with the Super Bowl and the uncertainty of today."

The Sony Open winner last month in a 36-hole Sunday finish, Wilson made a 41/2-foot par putt on the par-4 18th to extend the playoff. He won on the par-4 10th, setting up the deciding putt with a 7-iron approach from the middle of the fairway.

"That was an easy putt," Wilson said. "Just thankfully, I started it on line and knocked it in."

Martin Laird (65) and Vijay Singh (66) tied for third at 16-under, and Gary Woodland (66), J.B. Holmes (67) and Nick Watney (68) followed at 15-under.

Third-round leader Tommy Gainey closed with 74 to tie for eighth at 14-under.

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates --- An American army officer serving in Afghanistan has won the chance to play with Tiger Woods in the Dubai Desert Classic pro-am on Wednesday. Lt. Col. Michael Rowells, who has a nine handicap and is deployed with the 401st Army Field Support Brigade, beat 16,000 other amateur golfers in a draw at the Emirates Golf Club.

-- Associated Press

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